5th Circ. Axes Attys' Fees In Texas Redistricting Fight

Law360, Houston (December 19, 2013, 7:12 PM EST) -- The Fifth Circuit said Tuesday that a group of elected officials who blocked redistricting efforts by Galveston County, Texas, cannot recover $255,000 in attorneys' fees because they do not qualify as prevailing parties under the Voting Rights Act.

Reversing a district court's award of the attorneys' fees to a group of Galveston County constables, commissioners and justices of the peace, a three-judge panel said that because the county had already committed to the federal “preclearance” process before the officials filed suit, an injunction they secured prohibiting...
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