City seeks legal fees in gun lawsuit case

City seeks legal fees in gun lawsuit case

SANDPOINT — The city filed a motion earlier this month seeking almost $94,000 in legal fees and court costs which arose from its defense of a lawsuit over the Festival at Sandpoint’s firearms ban. The city had signaled it would be filing the motion after it was granted summary judgment in the case, which brought an abrupt end to Bonner County’s lawsuit against the city for allowing organizers of the waterfront concert series, which leases War Memorial Field from the city, to enact its own security protocols. A cross motion by the county and Sheriff Daryl Wheeler for summary judgment in its favor was denied by Judge Lansing Haynes. As the prevailing party in the case, Lake City Law Group, which handled the case for Sandpoint, said the city was entitled to the repayment of the fees. "Such costs should be allowed because the claims and arguments propounded by Plaintiffs in this litigation were so exaggerated and farfetched that Defendant had to perform extensive legal research to determine whether there was any merit to such claims and arguments," Lake City Law said in the filing. "The interests of justice would be well served by assessing these costs against Plaintiffs given that the Court found their arguments to be unpersuasive, vague and speculative, and without merit." Attorneys’ fees totaled $92,759 and costs totaled $1,206.55. Idaho law allows the court to award reasonable attorney and paralegal fees by the prevailing party. The fees outlined are reasonable and so is the city’s […]

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