Big Winner in Occupy's Lawsuits: the Lawyers
NYC to settle 3 suits for $350K, but lawyers walk with more than $230K
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
Occupy Wall Street protesters regroup in Duarte Park Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 in New York after they were forced to leave and their encampment was taken down in Zucotti Park.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – New York City will shell out $350,000 to settle three lawsuits brought by Occupy Wall Street protesters—who will walk away with a just portion of that. The protesters sued over seized property that was never returned or became damaged during the Nov. 15, 2011, police raid on the Zuccotti Park encampment. As the New York Post reports, 26 truckloads of Occupy's stuff was hauled away, among it 3,600 books, only 800 of which were both recovered and salvageable, per one of the lawsuits.

Protestors got the $47,000 they were asking for, partly paid by the park's owner. The second lawsuit will see the city pay Global Revolution Television $75,000 over broken electronics. The city is paying $8,500 to a bike group for damaged bikes in the third suit. But lawyers come out of top: Normal Siegel exits with $186,349 in legal fees, according to insiders; $49,850 will be paid to Wylie Stecklow.

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Apr 12, 2013 3:39 PM CDT
The law firm's name is Dewey, Screwem and Howell.
Apr 11, 2013 6:19 AM CDT
Somebody has to pay the Occupy's parents?
Apr 10, 2013 10:05 PM CDT
Lawyers get a bad rap. The Occupy folks got exactly the recovery they were looking for. Meanwhile, three legal teams had to work for a year and a half to make sure the Occupy people got what they deserved. Granted, lawyers do make a lot of money, but they require 3 years of intensive additional training and are often described as doctors who are better at talking than math. At the end of the day, do we forget it was the curious police responses and corporate corruption of Wall St. that started this whole mess? Damn greedy lawyers making all this money for standing up and claiming a victory for the little guy...