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$95,664 in Attorneys’ Fees Awarded in Texas Public Records Suit

On October 12, 2011, District Judge Caroline Baker ruled that under Texas Government Code §552.323(a) City of Houston was to pay Randall Kallinen and Paul Kubosh for their attorney's fees.

Public safety activists Kallinen and Kubosh filed a lawsuit challenging the City of Houston for withholding of the Redlight Camera documents under the open records act.

Kallinen and Kubosh had been granted an order on his summary judgment and an order granting his Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and No-evidence Partial Motion for Summary Judgment on conceded documents that are public information that may not be withheld from release pursuant to an exception to the Act.

After the City of Houston, Texas refused to release this information, Kallinen and Kubosh filed the Public Information Act Mandamus. The district court ruled the previous three court orders substantially prevailed in recovering $95,664 in attorney's fees, with post-judgment interest at the rate of five percent per year from judgment date until paid in full along with the court cost.

The district court further ordered, adjudged, and decreed, that if the City of Houston appeals this judgment, $30,000 in additional attorney's fees and another $50,000 for defense before the Texas Supreme Court. See: Kallinen and Kubosh v. City of Houston, Texas, Dist. Crt., Case No. 2008-75633.

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