February 22, 2005

Judge keeps eye on Archdiocese legal bills



Associated Press

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris is concerned that lawyers for the Archdiocese of Portland are eating away at money she wants preserved for creditors.

Earlier this month, the judge asked the archdiocese's lawyers to attend a Feb. 8 hearing on legal fees. In a letter, she suggested that the number of meetings among lawyers "may be excessive."

Perris also questioned whether the firms were dividing up responsibilities efficiently, whether they were doing unnecessary work and whether the bills complied fully with bankruptcy rules, The Oregonian reported in its Tuesday editions.

As of Jan. 31, the archdiocese has accrued almost $2.2 million in legal bills during the course of its 7-month-old bankruptcy.

Posted by kshaw at February 22, 2005 06:43 AM