East Ramapo School District Overpaid Law Offices

According to a New York State Judge a Rockland County school district overpaid two of their law firms by $2 million. Officials stated that the East Ramapo School District sued New Schools Insurance Reciprocal for $2.2 million after a state judge ruled that they paid ten times the average hourly fee of $375 to both Bingham McCutchen and Proskauer Rose law offices, which represented members of the board on cases from 2012-2014. The district is often in fiscal crisis, and has been criticized for overspending on legal fees particularly, though Board President Yehuda Weissmandl stated that the board eventually made the decision to hire one firm to save money. Neither law firm commented on the active suit, and district officials stated that the details will be finalized soon.

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