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Alaska Supreme Court seeks update on redistricting case

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Fairbanks-area plaintiffs who sued over Alaska's redistricting plan have appealed a judge's decision awarding them more than $310,000 in attorneys' fees and costs.

Attorneys for George Riley and Ronald Dearborn had requested nearly $440,000, including about $120,000 in appellate fees.

The appeal was made to the Alaska Supreme Court, which late last month put the appeal on hold, pending a possible settlement among the parties.

The parties have been asked to report back to the court by Dec. 19.

A lower court judge this summer ordered the Alaska Redistricting Board to pay about $296,000 in attorneys' fees and nearly $17,000 in costs.

In appealing, the plaintiffs questioned, among other things, whether the trial court erred in excluding appellate costs and in not awarding paralegal fees.

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