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Attorneys seek half a million in fees

Attorneys for a Rochester man awarded nearly $1 million in damages in his lawsuit against Olmsted County have asked a federal district judge to order the county to pay them nearly $500,000 in attorney fees.

In December, U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum found in favor of Phillip David Schaub, a paraplegic and former inmate at the Olmsted County jail, and awarded him $964,000. He gave Schaub's attorneys time to submit claims for attorney fees. 

Schaub was represented by Anthony Colleluori  and his law associates of Woodbury, N.Y., and Steve Corson, a Preston attorney. 

Corson has filed for $117,626.46 in fees. Colleluori filed his claim last week for $361,048.50 in fees and expenses.

Defense attorney Gregory Griffiths of Rochester has responded to Corson's claim, asking the judge to deny or substantially reduce the request. Griffiths said Corson has failed to meet his burden of establishing entitlement for the fees and costs. Griffiths is expected to submit a response to Colleluori's request as well before the judge makes a determination.

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