Nebraska Owes $275,000 to ACLU for Lost Lawsuit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A federal lawsuit that overturned Nebraska's ban on out-of-state petition circulators will cost the state $275,000 in attorney fees and court expenses, under a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU won a legal challenge last year against the Nebraska law that required petition circulators to be state residents. A federal judge ruled in August that the ban unfairly infringed on the petition circulators' constitutional rights.

ACLU attorney Elora Mukherjee says the settlement will cover the cost of representing clients who could not afford to bring the case on their own.

The State Claims Board approved the claim in November, but the Legislature must approve it. Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop will present
the measure Monday to the Legislature's Business and Labor Committee.

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