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October 21, 2014, 4:33 pm
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City Hires Outside Firm To Assist With Lawsuits Against Springfield Police Department


The City of Springfield is moving to hire another private law firm to handle pending litigation. 

 

Mayor Mike Houston wants the Noll Law Offices to represent the city in two pending lawsuits stemming from the police department destruction of internal affairs files.  The city is facing a complaint under public records laws… and that plaintiff has also filed a federal lawsuit alleging a police conspiracy against him. 

 

Houston says the Noll firm has more expertise in handling federal lawsuits and FOIA cases than the city’s own legal staff.  The firm will be paid a maximum of $25,000 total for the two cases.

 

The city is also planning to hire a different firm to represent it in upcoming litigation over Chatham's decision to end its contract to purchase water from Springfield.

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