October 08, 2005

Lawyers overbilling Spokane diocese, trustee says

The Seattle Times

By The Associated Press

SPOKANE A federal-court watchdog says lawyers in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy case are charging too much.

U.S. Trustee Ilene Lashinsky reviewed some of the early bills submitted to the diocese and contends in recent court filings that four firms overcharged $294,000 for such things as having multiple attorneys at court hearings and doing duplicative work.

The diocese on Monday will file a disclosure statement and plan of reorganization telling how it intends to settle sexual-abuse claims and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Posted by kshaw at October 8, 2005 07:34 AM