State, Pebble Seek Legal Fees in Failed Lawsuit

The state of Alaska and developers of the proposed Pebble Mine are seeking $1 million in attorney fees from mine foes who unsuccessfully sued over the public's right to know about exploration work.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The state of Alaska and developers of the proposed Pebble Mine are seeking $1 million in attorney fees from mine foes who unsuccessfully sued over the public's right to know about exploration work.


Among the parties who could be forced to pay are former state Sen. Vic Fischer and former First Lady Bella Hammond, widow of former Gov. Jay Hammond.


Fischer says he's appalled by the attempt to recoup legal fees from the public interest lawsuit and that he sees it as an attempt to stymie public interest litigation.


An attorney for the Pebble Ltd. Partnership, Matt Singer, says the state and a developer shouldn't have to pay more than a million dollars to resolve a dispute about temporary use permits.

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