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Judge approves attorney fees in Arkansas gay marriage case

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judge has approved attorney fees that are significantly lower than requested in a lawsuit that overturned Arkansas' gay marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Friday awarded attorney Cheryl Maples $1,590 and attorney Jack Wagoner and attorneys in his law firm a total of $18,360.

Maples requested $15,900 plus $511.47 in costs. Wagoner asked for $49,754.

Baker noted that Maples and Wagoner were earlier awarded a total of $66,000 for work on a parallel lawsuit in state court and said the case appears "overlawyered" with attorneys spending more time than was needed.

Maples receives $100 per hour for 15.9 hours work rather than $250 per hour for 63.6 hours she requested. Wagoner's firm receives $100 per hour for 183.6 hours, down from $150 to $275 per hour for 306 hours requested.

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