Birmingham, AL Settles Lawsuit – Plaintiff Gets $1,000, His Attorneys Get $459,000

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After suing the City of Birmingham for being allegedly hit and kicked by police officers after a high-speed chase, an Alabama man received a $1,000 settlement from the city.

The man’s lawyers? They received a whopping $459,000, which includes “$100,000 for expenses and $359,000 in fees,” according to Reuters.

Yes, you read that correctly: The alleged victim is receiving only 1/460th of his lawsuit settlement.

Whether or not you agree with the man’s lawsuit – doesn’t it seem ridiculous that the plaintiffs’ lawyers, rather than the alleged victim, are receiving such a lopsided percentage of this large, taxpayer-funded settlement?

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