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Sidley Lawyers Seek $1.2 Million in Fees From Tribune for May

June 26, 2009

Sidley Austin’s lawyers are seeking $1.2 million in fees and $44,700 in expenses for bankruptcy work in May for Tribune Co., according to a court filing yesterday.

Sidley, which acts as lead law firm to the newspaper and television company in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, was told by a judge in February its partners may collect as much as $925 an hour from the company, instead of the firm’s highest published fee of $1,100.

Sidley litigation partner Michael Doss billed the bankrupt company about $74,597 for 109 hours worked in May at $685 an hour. The second-biggest bill was submitted by corporate partner Larry Barden, who sought $9,983 for about 12 hours at $825 each.

Sidley partner James Conlan didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Tribune, owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Cubs baseball team, filed for bankruptcy in December, blaming a large debt load and a drop in advertising.

The case is In re Tribune Co., 08-13141, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

To contact the reporters on this story: Linda Sandler in New York at lsandler@bloomberg.net; Christopher Scinta in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York at cscinta@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David E. Rovella at drovella@bloomberg.net.


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