My letters

Submitted letters to the editor and other parties. Only a few of these were published.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

To the letters editor:

“Parent sues self; attorney wins fat fee.” Class-action attorneys have often convinced people to sue themselves. In such cases, the lawyer comes away with a hefty fee regardless of whether the plaintiff or defendant prevails. For example, stockholders are often encouraged to sue their companies. If they win, the company pays the award with the stockholders’ own money. The lawyers come out the winners.

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity presents a similar situation (“Billions of School Dollars Being Held Hostage,” Park Slope Courier, May 9). Residents of New York City, who provide the bulk of Albany’s income, have won a multibillion-dollar suit against Albany. City taxpayers, who represent half the population of the state and way more than half the income, will be paying the lion’s share of the award to themselves. City parents have sued themselves and won, but it’s the lawyers who come away with more money than they started with.

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