Timothy R. Lord, a San Rafael, Calif.-based lawyer who is demanding $3.6 million or $5.9 million in attorney’s fees as one of the counsels for Betty Johnson, asked the federal court yesterday to allow him to appear telephonically during the hearing on their attorneys’ fees and costs.
Lord said he wants to appear telephonically due to his medical restrictions.
“I have a medical condition that causes my feet and legs to swell and become numb when I take long distance flights,” the lawyer said in his declaration.
Lord said the flight from San Francisco to Saipan is approximately 11 hours and that his primary care physician advises him against taking the flight.
The lawyer attached in his motion a letter from Dr. Joseph A. Habis of Prima Medical Group.
Aside from Lord, Johnson’s three other counsels—Bruce Jorgensen, Bronster Hoshibata law firm, and Stephen Woodruff—also submitted in court their application for attorneys’ fees and costs. This would bring the total fees and costs to at least $40.6 million.
In his application for attorney’s fees, Lord disclosed that it was over four years ago in the spring of 2009 when Jorgensen contacted him about a potential action against the CNMI government to recover on a default judgment obtained by the NMI Retirement Fund against the CNMI government for its refusal to meet payment obligations to retirees.
The hearing on the attorneys’ fees and costs will be held on Sept. 30, 2013, which is also the date for the final approval of the settlement agreement in Johnson’s class action.