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 Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
Big Winner in Occupy's Lawsuits: the Lawyers
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)

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. (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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