|Not looking merry at Liberty Science Center|
GA just got back from a fabulous day at LSC (Liberty Science Center) with LA (Little Avenger), and took a peek inside da Horsey's barn...
Oh, boo-hoo and sniffle-sniff!
MSV reported the City Council voted last night to flush Angel Alicea's $440K payday down the City Hall crapper, in a 5-2 vote. Which, of course, leaves Louis Zayas clinging to the porcelain rim for dear life...
Darn, there's nothing worse for a lawyer than having a huge payday flushed from the jaws of victory. I mean, if $440K gets awarded in the forest but no one is there to approve it, did it make a sound?
Well, count on Mike Russo and Terry Castellano to endorse the taxpayer-screwing, just like the good old days! You know, when a 'friend' would sue the City and get a big judgment?
What are you talking about, GA?
Oh, don't you know?
Yet another reason why Mayor Zimmer's administration is hated... because she put a stop to this 'game':
A 'friend' sues the City for some alleged infraction, often frivolous, the City attorney would hire an “outside counsel” (read “politically connected law firm”) and that outside counsel would allow the suit to drag on and on and on and on, billing hourly.... ka-ching ka-ching. (with the benevolent approval of the city attorney *wink* *wink*)The City no longer 'settles' these sh*t-cases; the City litigates them and WINS. GA believes Hoboken's 'win' record is something like 94%. So, what we pay upfront in legal fees, taxpayers save more than in settlements.
All this time the politically connected outside counsel is making campaign donations and wining and dining the various politicos whose approval was needed to get and keep the “outside counsel” designation.
After enough money has been sucked from the city’s coffers, a suitably generous “settlement” is EVENTUALLY arranged with the assistance of the plaintiff’s attorney.
From the “settlement” pot: (i) the plaintiff’s attorney gets his cut of the settlement for his fees, as the case was taken on a contingency basis; and (ii) the “friend” gets his slice; and (iii) and the various politicos that make this merry game keep churning all get a taste; and (iv) the outside counsel gets a new case and the Zombie game begins again.
This was risk free litigation, with the costs of the litigation essentially funded by the City. There was no hurry to bring the case to resolution, legitimately, when the billing is hourly and the results are guaranteed by the City’s coffers. The rules of the Zombie game make sure that everyone gets paid in the end.
And, litigating instead of settling these suits means, no payday for the 'gang'... boo hoo.
So whomever thinks they may get a 'piece' of the Alicea settlement, Santa may be stuffing something else in their stocking this year... and it ain't green.
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