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Lawyers Say Des Moines Could Have Eluded $15M Fees

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The three attorneys who successfully sued Des Moines for charging improper franchise fees says the city could have avoided their $15 million legal bill by just stopping the fees.

A hearing on the fee request from Brian Stoltze, Brad Schroeder and Steve Brick is scheduled for Monday. Their fees will come out of the $40 million judgment in the class-action lawsuit.

City officials objected to the legal fee request in a court filing on Thursday.

The class-action lawyers responded Saturday with a news release criticizing the city's decision to keep charging the fees for nine years after being sued.

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