The attorneys who won the landmark D.C. gun case in the Supreme Court in 2008 have agreed to settle a legal fee dispute with the city for $1.5 million, terminating a dispute in a Washington federal appeals court.
The plaintiffs' lawyers, including Alan Gura of Alexandria's Gura & Possessky, who argued the high profile gun rights case in the Supreme Court, had sought more than the $1.17 million a trial judge awarded in December.
The Supreme Court in 2008 struck down the District’s handgun ban, affirming the Second Amendment right of residents here to possess certain firearms. Gura and senior attorney Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice had asked the trial judge, Emmet Sullivan, for more than $3 million in fees.
Gura and lawyers for the District, including Todd Kim, both asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review Sullivan’s fee award.
Settlement negotiations have been ongoing for weeks. The legal fee deal, announced this morning, ends the appeal.
Gura did not immediately comment on the settlement. Kim referred questions about the deal to a spokesman for the D.C. Office of the Attorney General.
The spokesman, Ted Gest, said the city reached a compromise with Gura to “avoid the burdens, delays and uncertainties of appellate litigation.”