School board, teachers union attorneys could cash in on Louisiana lawsuit

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lawyers for the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board and a state teachers union could get a windfall of up to $20 million if successful in their lawsuit claiming the state's school funding formulas were not properly approved for three years. The lawsuit seeks $200 million more in school funding than the state is providing.

Under its contract with attorneys, the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board could pay its lawyers up to 10 percent of an award in the case as a contingency fee.

Charles Patin, a lawyer with Kean Miller LLP who is working for the board, says the deal was structured with a percentage payout because the board didn't have cash for an upfront payment.

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