Farmers Branch Illegal Immigrant Battle Costs $850,000+

Legal bill rising in Farmers Branch case

Saturday, Apr 10, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM CDT
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Farmers Branch Illegal Immigrant Battle Costs $850,000+

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FARMERS BRANCH, TX - NOVEMBER 13: Luke Villarreal (L) argues immigration policy with Jane Patterson outside of city hall November 13, 2006 in Farmers Branch, Texas. A few moments earlier, council members unanimously voted to pass legislation that would make English the official language of the city and approving fines for landlords and businesses who do business with illegal immigrants. (Photo by Brian Harkin/Getty Images)

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The legal tab continues to grow in the case of the successful challenge to the constitutionality of an ordinance regulating rentals to illegal immigrants.

The Bickel & Brewer Storefront law firm submitted a bill for $850,000 this week in federal court for its share of costs in the case.

A second legal team is expected to submit a similar bill.

Last month, a federal judge ruled that the Farmers Branch ordinance banning illegal immigrants from renting apartments was unconstitutional.

The Dallas suburb has tried for years to enforce a ban on landlords renting to illegal immigrants and a similar ordinance had been struck down before.

Farmers Branch Mayor Tim O'Hare called the latest bill from the Bickel & Brewer firm "ridiculously inflated."

More: Dallas Morning News

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