In Synagogue Lawsuit
Litchfield County Times:
[Litchfield] First Selectman Leo Paul declined to comment. Because the town is named as a defendant, James K. Robertson of Carmody & Torrance LLP, based in Waterbury, has been retained as special counsel for the case.
Whoa, not so fast.
Robertson said today he had not been retained yet.
When he actually is retained, documents detailing the retainer and fees will be public records available promptly for viewing by any person during business hours.
Senior partners at firms like Robertson's can earn about $500 an hour. It is not unusual for them to charge $10,000 or more to say hello.
Robertson, in a phone conversation today, would neither dispute nor affirm those numbers.
Sometimes such firms offer "discounted" rates for the municipalities of $375 an hour from a standard rate of $450 an hour or thereabouts.... Also, in lawyer talk, not retained means, "I haven't been paid yet ..." Note: the checks and invoices and other billing data are also public records.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF
LITCHFIELD COUNTY, INC. and
RABBI JOSEPH EISENBACH,
TOWN OF LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT;
LITCHFIELD HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION;
AND DEFENDANTS DOE ONE THROUGH TEN
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009