Appeal Boosts Pay For Lawyer Who Sued McNeese In Civil Rights Case
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A state appeal court has raised the pay for a lawyer who got a settlement in a civil rights lawsuit against McNeese State University when he was just out of law school.
The American Press reports that the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal says the university owes Seth Hopkins $1.45 million rather than just over $1 million.
Hopkins sued for a student who needs a wheelchair and said she was injured trying to open a door that was narrower than required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The appeal court says Hopkins should be paid for all 5,489.5 hours he put in for. District Judge Mike Canaday cut those hours 20 percent last year because of Hopkins' lack of experience.