Public records lawsuits cost South Euclid $8,700 in legal fees, insurance paid $19,200

From The Plain Dealer South Euclid paid Law Director Michael Lograsso $8,700 in legal fees for his role in a three-year records dispute with a taxpayer. The city's insurance company paid $19,200 for outside attorneys at Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper.

The Ohio Supreme Court ordered South Euclid in December to turn over records to Emilie DiFranco, after she waited two years for the documents, and pay her $600 for making her wait for another set of records she requested.

That was the third time DiFranco sued South Euclid for failing to respond to records requests. In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in DiFranco's favor in two cases in which she waited two months to get a response to a 2011 request, and eight months to receive the records.

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