UNC scandal legal, consulting costs climb past $10 million

Oct 26, 2015 by

The legal and public relations costs from UNC-Chapel Hill’s fake-class scandal have climbed well past $10 million, according to billing records released Monday.

The records show the university paid another $2.7 million to the Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft legal firm after it released a report that represents the most comprehensive investigation into the scandal to date. The firm had previously been paid $3.1 million to conduct the investigation.

Much of Cadwalader’s new billings reflect efforts to make public the more than 1.7 million records the firm had obtained to investigate the scandal. UNC released the first batch of those records – more than 200,000 pages – last week. The News & Observer and UNC’s student newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel, had requested the records.

UNC officials say those public records requests represent the largest in the university’s history. The university’s review of the records before their release led to more misconduct allegations against one of the key players in the scandal, former faculty leader Jan Boxill, who is accused of writing and editing parts of papers for women’s basketball players while working as the team’s academic counselor.

The billings show Cadwalader hired outside attorneys at a cheaper rate to handle much of the document production. They charged an average of $95 an hour as opposed to the $990 an hour Wainstein charged for his work.

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Source: UNC scandal legal, consulting costs climb past $10 million | News & Observer

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