Judge orders attorney working on lawsuit against LADWP to pay back $1.65M in fees

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Judge orders attorney working on lawsuit against LADWP to pay back $1.65M in fees

A Los Angeles Supreme Court judge ordered an attorney who worked on an erroneous billing lawsuit against the Department of Water and Energy to reimburse the $ 1.65 million in fees he was charged on the case earned.

The attorney, Michael Libman, was also sentenced to pay more than $ 116,000 in penalties. He was cited for contempt of court and fined $ 44,000 by Judge Elihu M. Berle.

The Berle ruling marks another significant disciplinary measure in litigation resulting from the DWP overcharging debacle. Berle fined the city of Los Angeles $ 2.5 million last year after discovering that the city and its attorneys misused the discovery process in a related case because of the accounting errors.

At a court hearing on Thursday, Libman denied the wrongdoing, telling Berle that he was the target of “medieval persecution”.

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