Breaking News Bar
posted: 7/6/2013 8:00 AM

Grafton Twp. officials shocked by $42,000 legal bill

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
 

Even though Grafton Township has shelled out more than $654,000 in legal fees stemming from various lawsuits that involved its former supervisor, it's an unpaid legal bill of about $42,000 that's giving the township sticker shock.

The township is trying to reduce the bill, which comes from one of former township supervisor Linda Moore's two attorneys, Township Attorney Joseph Gottemoller said.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Township officials don't want to pay the entire bill because to them, it makes no sense to spend roughly $42,000 on a lawsuit that was contesting about $7,000 in unpaid bills.

"It's way too much compared to what the suit was over," Township Supervisor James Kearns said Friday.

In 2011, then-township road district commissioner Jack Freund filed a lawsuit against Moore, claiming she owed him about $7,000 in health insurance, rent and other bills he said she refused to pay.

A McHenry County judge dismissed the case in June because the parties involved in the lawsuit are no longer in office, which rendered the lawsuit moot.

Moore was involved in two other lawsuits with the township that have also been dismissed.

The township board later paid all of the items Freund was contesting, but the $42,000 legal bill remains.

Gottemoller had a discussion with Moore's attorney, Timothy Hoppa, in June to see about negotiating the number down. Gottemoller is still waiting on a final answer from Hoppa, who could not be reached for comment Friday.

"The other side has to decide what they want to do. It's not up to us," Gottemoller said.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here