Legal fees in Exxon case could cost NJ about $50 million

Just over a fifth of a proposed $225 million settlement between the Christie administration and ExxonMobil will go toward legal fees if a Superior Court judge approves the deal.

Under the current proposal New Jersey would pay nearly $50 million in legal fees for outside council in the nearly 12-year-old lawsuit.

The detail was part of the public record but came to light recently during a hearing in Superior Court before Judge Michael Hogan.

Opponents of the proposal say the firm did good work but that the state settled for too little. New Jersey had been seeking nearly $9 billion in damages before agreeing to the settlement.

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