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Gilich will ask for permission to renegotiate BP legal fees

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich believes 20 percent of the city’s and school district’s $5.9 million BP claim is too much to pay to the law firm Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott. That’s why he has called for a special meeting with city council members Thursday to ask for permission to renegotiate the legal fees.

The city hired PMPM to represent it in legal proceedings to recover money from losses during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

According to a news release from the city, the contract was approved in 2012, before Gilich and five of the current council members were elected.

Gilich said the $1.18 million payout to the law firm would be “unreasonable and not in the best interests of the city or the school district.”       

During the meeting, Gilich will ask the council for permission so he and City Attorney Gerald Blessey can invite the law firm and representatives from the school district to the table for a contract renegotiation.

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