City of Orlando Seeks Reimbursement in Pulse Lawsuit

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ORLANDO, Fl. — The city of Orlando has filed a motion seeking to be paid back for attorney and court fees associated with a lawsuit filed by Pulse survivors.

Several dozen survivors and family members of the shooting victims sued the city of Orlando, claiming police officers violating their civil rights in the response to the June 12, 2016 mass shooting that killed 49 people.

In November 2018, federal Judge Paul Byron dismissed the lawsuit against the city, saying there weren’t sufficient legal claims to move forward with the case. Attorneys have pledged to appeal the ruling.

Orlando filed a motion seeking to be paid back for attorney and court fees, which is a matter a federal judge will be taken up at the end of the appeals process.

The city says, however, that it wants reimbursement only by plaintiffs’ attorneys, not the Pulse survivors themselves.

Several lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts in Florida and Michigan since the deadly nightclub shooting, including suits against the Pulse nightclub owners, Noor Salman, and G4S Security, employer of gunman Omar Mateen.

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