Judge rules law firms can get $75M in S. Carolina settlement

Judge rules law firms can get $75M in S. Carolina settlement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A judge is allowing two law firms to collect $75 million from the state of South Carolina for helping negotiate a settlement with the federal government over nuclear material left at a former nuclear weapons plant.

But a lawyer who sued over the payment – calling it astronomical and saying state Attorney General Alan Wilson shouldn’t have had sole authority – said an appeal is planned.

“They can go ahead and spend the money. But if we win, they have to give it back. They will proceed at their risk,” Columbia attorney Jim Griffin told The Post and Courier of Charleston.

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In her 15-page order, Circuit Judge Alison Renee Lee said state law is unambiguous in allowing the attorney general to pay any costs for legal work from settlement money, the newspaper reported.

Wilson said he needed the experience of the outside firms because the issues were so complex and they were working long before

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