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Hearing to focus on payment for lawyers, consultants in Freedom bankruptcy

By Andrea Lannom, Legal affairs writer

A federal bankruptcy judge has set a May hearing to address motions seeking payment for lawyers and consultants involved in the Freedom Industries bankruptcy proceedings.

Attorneys for Freedom Industries, the company at the heart of the January chemical leak, alone are asking for more than $1 million in fees and expenses from Jan. 17 to March 31.

Breaking down that number, McGuire Woods is asking for $745,707.79 in fees and expenses; Barth & Thompson is requesting $27,927.72; Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, is asking for $200,238.80 and Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir is asking for $335,607.91.

Meanwhile, Frost Brown Todd, representing the committee of unsecured creditors, is asking for $94,281.56 in fees and expenses.

The court will take up motions for compensation filed by the company’s financial advisor MorrisAnderson, seeking $186,536.84 and Civil & Environmental Consultants motion for payment of $315,481.85.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson will hear these motions for payment in a 1:30 p.m. May 13 hearing.


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