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Biloxi council agrees to legal fees for BP claims

BILOXI — Following a meeting behind closed doors, the Biloxi City Council accepted a $200,000 offer to settle a dispute over fees charged by the law firm that fought for the city’s $4.9 million oil spill claim.

The Sun Herald reports the city council unanimously approved two resolutions Monday reducing the 20 percent cut owed to lawyers who spent more than four years litigating the city’s claim against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The vote passed 5-1.

Over the weekend, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich negotiated the deal with Biloxi law firm Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, which signed a contract outlining the contingency fee with the previous administration in 2012.

Last week Gilich had called into question whether that 20 percent fee, totaling about $1 million, was too high.

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