$88 Million Award To Lawyers Struck Down
The California Supreme Court is letting stand a ruling that said it was unconstitutional to pay $88 million to attorneys who successfully challenged the state´s vehicle smog fees.
The justices announced today they would not review a court´s decision that the legal fees were an unconstitutional gift of public funds.
The attorneys were awarded the money after arguing in court that California wrongly collected a $300 fee on out-of-state car registrations.
A judge awarded lawyers $18 million when the smog fee was struck down. The governor wanted the fees set in arbitration because he thought they would get lowered. But then arbitrators awarded the lawyers $88 million.
An appeals court said $18 million dollars was the maximum allowed.