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.

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