Almost $400k in legal bills later, Miami Lakes has decided to throw the damn towel:
“I am instructing my attorney to issue the appropriate document to the Third District Court of Appeal, informing them that I will not be appealing their ruling,” Slaton said during a press conference held in Town Hall.Boy, all those fancy lawyers have got this guy all turned around -- I'm pretty sure the "appropriate document" to be "issued" is called a "notice."
That'll be another $50,000, Mr. Now-Former Mayor!
Let's look at the numbers:
Meanwhile, the town has spent $378,805.22 in legal fees since the legal battle began.Isn't it funny when lawyers and/or judges complain about other lawyers' legal bills -- "how could it be so high," "what work could possibly equate to that amount in fees," etc. -- fellas, quality representation doesn't come cheap.
This breaks down to:
▪ $121,109.41 paid to Gastesi & Associates, the law firm that represents the town.
▪ $233,020.81 to Akerman, the firm representing Slaton.
▪ $24,675 to Gelber Schachter & Greenberg to represent Tejeda-Castillo.
This is what it costs in the real world (or at least in Miami Lakes).
THE PIZZ HAS PREVAILED.