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Deadlocked City Council Unable to Approve Legal Bill

A resolution to pay $25,000 in legal bills failed on Wednesday night.

The city council was unable to approve legal bills on Wednesday night, during a meeting filled with petty yelling and heated back-and-forths.

An amendment to a legal bill with the firm Florio, Perucci, Steinhart & Fader of $25,000 — for a total amount not to exceed $50,250 — failed in a 4-4 vote.

Only eight members are currently serving on the city council, often resulting in a deadlock.

The matter pertains to an appeal by a former employee of the city, said city lawyer Melissa Longo. Longo said the money was added to the bill because she recently assigned the firm with a new case.

Florio, Perucci deals with labor matters, Longo said, as well as negotiations with the city's municipal employees union.

The firm of Florio, Perucci also recently responded to a request for qualifications to become the general counsel of the Hoboken Housing Authority.

Ojo Rojo February 21, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Generally not defending yourself in a suit results in a default judgment and I suspect the judge would give the plaintiff whatever he or she asked for. Chances are it is a hell of a lot more than $25K.
Ojo Rojo February 21, 2013 at 03:58 PM
The problem w/ an in house lawyer for that specific type of case is the city's lawyer would most likely end up knowing the plaintiff in some of these cases. They might even end up being friends, lunch buddies or at least associates who may get along well w/ the plaintiff. Not a good idea to have the guy or gal representing the city to have any sort of non-lawyer related relationship w/ the person suing the city.
puzzledone February 21, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Anyone can sue. Also, if it's more expensive to fire someone, it may make good sense to outsource rather than pay wages + bennies + any termination cost.
recallbethmason February 21, 2013 at 08:24 PM
the city will celebrate when beth mason's term has ended or she gets recalled...good riddance.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV February 22, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Respectfully, the law and the complexity involved in different types of cases does not allow you to hire one or two "all-around legal gurus." If you believe Timmy knows what he's talking about, that's an even bigger mistake. The bankruptcy attorney saved Hoboken. He cost a lot of money but he saved the City and the hospital in the end and protected it from liability later. For his superb work on our behalf, he took abuse from people much below his intellect and a ridiculous amount of insults from the no-nothing petulant mouthed Timmy Occhipinti. It was an absolute embarrassment. It's one that never ends. The legal upside is the City is cutting off the faucet to the easy target where the backroom deal was okay, my client is going to sue you and you will pay him x + y and let's call it a day. That's over. The City is winning these case: Al Arezzo being one of the biggest.

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