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Your taxpayer dollars….going out the back door in lawsuits & legal fees?

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Even with the news of high-profile lawsuits against the city and county of Los Angeles, it might shocking to know how much money the governments actually pay out in settlements and legal fees: for the past two years L.A. City has paid $137 million for legal costs while L.A. County has spent $190 million on lawsuit verdicts, settlements and outside counsel. In these times of tight budgets, how can the city and county control these seemingly exorbitant legal expenses?


Rick Orlov, city hall reporter for The Daily News