Beatties seek more attorney fees
WILLIAMSPORT - The parents of a girl who sued Line Mountain School District for the right to join the wrestling team is now requesting the district pay additional court costs.
Lawyers filed a motion on Thursday on behalf of Brian and Angie Beattie, parents of Audriana, requesting the district pay legal fees related to the district challenging the Beattie's original legal fee request.
The Beatties are requesting an additional $21,950 in fees for Flaster/Greenberg P.C. and $6,190 in fees for the Women's Law Project, both of Philadelphia.
On July 10, U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann ordered the district to pay $70,948.89 to lawyers engaged by the Beatties, a reduction of approximately half of the $140,681.89 requested. Brann ruled for a reduction in what he called "unreasonable" attorney fees after concluding that the requested fees were inflated through methods such as double billing.
In the motion filed Thursday, attorneys of Flaster Greenberg and the Women's Law Project attached billing sheets outlining the hours worked since Jan. 27 to support the Beattie's request for attorney fees.
The dispute began when the Beatties learned Audriana, who had wrestled for Line Mountain's elementary program, was forbidden by the district's gender-specific policy from competing on the junior and senior high levels.
Brann granted a temporary restraining order Nov. 1 and a preliminary injunction Jan. 13, which allowed Audriana to continue wrestling with the district program until the case was resolved. Preliminary injunctions typically force an out-of-court settlement or trial, and the school board unanimously decided March 25 to stop fighting the lawsuit and allow Audriana to wrestle.