MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is opposing civil rights advocates’ claims for $1.2 million in attorney fees they say they accumulated fighting the state’s gay marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb invalidated the ban in June and the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld her ruling in September.
ACLU lawyers and other attorneys who worked behalf of the couples filed a motion with Crabb in December demanding $1.2 million in attorney fees.
The DOJ filed a brief Tuesday saying that the claim grossly exceeds the market rate for civil rights attorneys in Crabb’s jurisdiction and questioning the attorneys’ hours.
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