by Michael Fox
And it's not insubstantial, even for a "client with taxing authority" as one of my former partners used to say. Even though the trial has come and gone, with a split verdict, there are still the appeals and already Maricopa County is down almost $800,000 according to a story in the Arizona Republic. And that doesn't count the payments to the plaintiff's' attorneys that will be owed, or at least fought about. Litigation is expensive, but not generally this expensive. My guess without knowing more is that the political fight which seems to have swirled around the case contributed to the ultimate cost. Still, a good reminder of the costs of the system.