From Illinois Leaks, reprinted with permission:
BY JOHN KRAFT & KIRK ALLEN
Wesley Township, IL. (ECWd) -After successfully having the frivolous lawsuit Dismissed with prejudice under the Citizen Participation Act (“CPA”), Robert Hanlon, Attorney for the Defendants (Cindy Brzana and others), filed a Motion for Attorney fees, which are mandated when a Defendant prevails in a CPA Motion.
Hanlon is asking the Court to award defendants a total of $231.00 in filing fees, and $16,987.25 in attorney fees.
Former (appointed for a short time) Wesley Township Road Commissioner John Norton, who currently has a Stalking / No Contact Order against him (here), filed a frivolous lawsuit, in part, because some people stood in front of him at a public meeting.
He was seeking $10,000,000.00 (you can laugh, it is not a typo).
Under the CPA:
- Sec. 25. Attorney’s fees and costs. The court shall award a moving party who prevails in a motion under this Act reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred in connection with the motion
Defendant’s Attorney sent the following as part of a message to Norton:
“Since the court already granted costs and attorney fees in our requested relief, all that is left is the amount you will pay, not whether or not you must pay them.”
As alleged in a July 31, 2020, email, Defendants are well aware of Norton’s equitable interest in real estate, a couple of aluminum boats and three boat trailers (one might be a car towing dolly), HAM radio equipment and antenna(s) – (on the house and next to the garage), and a vehicle he drives that sounds like the muffler is falling off.
Some or all of this can be taken to satisfy a Judgment of fees/costs against Norton.
Norton was given the opportunity to agree to reduced fees but failed to respond, so now he must appear in court (via Zoom) to answer this Motion for fees on September 3, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.