City allocates up to $600,000 in legal fees - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

City allocates up to $600,000 in legal fees

By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham's city council voted Tuesday to allocate up to $600,000 in legal fees for attorneys who don't work for the city.  

The fees will be used for outside legal counsel to help the city in several legal cases the city is involved in.  

Some councilors expressed concern over the amount of money, but the council went into an executive session to discuss why the outside attorneys were necessary.  

Councilor Steven Hoyt said using in-house attorneys is sometimes inappropriate.

"I realize, after I was given information, there is sometimes a conflict of interest," Hoyt said. "If there's a conflict of interest we wouldn't want to do that."

The money will come out of the legal department's budget and Hoyt hopes the full allocated amount will not be spent.

Copyright 2010 WBRC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Sumter Co. man killed in 3-vehicle crash

    Sumter Co. man killed in 3-vehicle crash

    Saturday, February 24 2018 6:46 PM EST2018-02-24 23:46:21 GMT
    (Source: Raycom images)(Source: Raycom images)

    A three-vehicle crash in Tuscaloosa County on Friday killed one man and injured another driver.

    More >>

    A three-vehicle crash in Tuscaloosa County on Friday killed one man and injured another driver.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT Update: Strong-to-severe storm risk overnight, especially in northwest areas

    FIRST ALERT Update: Strong-to-severe storm risk overnight, especially in northwest areas

    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:13 PM EST2018-02-24 22:13:23 GMT
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)

    We are monitoring a tornado watch for portions of Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee, which has been a very rainy and stormy region all week.

    More >>

    We are monitoring a tornado watch for portions of Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee, which has been a very rainy and stormy region all week.

    More >>
  • Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

    Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:55 PM EST2018-02-24 21:55:58 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:02 PM EST2018-02-24 22:02:16 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Congress has released a redacted, declassified memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers.

    More >>

    Congress has released a redacted, declassified memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly