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Biloxi council negotiating over BP legal fees

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi hasn’t yet received its $5.9 million settlement from BP from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill but city officials are trying to get attorneys to reduce the 20 percent contingency fee.

The Sun Herald reports a special meeting was called Thursday to discuss the 2012 contract with Biloxi law firm Page, Mannino, Peresich and McDermott.

As it stands, Biloxi is required to pay attorneys about $1.2 million in legal fees.

Ron Peresich previously told the Sun Herald his firm hired several other lawyers to help represent the city and those firms will share 8 percent of the fee.

Several local attorneys attended the meeting at city hall. Tim Holliman, who represented Harrison County in its BP settlement, said he is against Biloxi’s attempt to change the contract with the attorneys.

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