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Judge awards fees to former trustee, counsel

By Clair Johnson

Billings Gazette

A bankruptcy judge has awarded final fees and costs to a former trustee and his lawyers for their work in the Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission case.
In a recent order, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher praised Southern’s ex-trustee, Lee Freeman, a Livingston-area attorney, calling his performance “laudable” and ruling that his fees were “reasonable and necessary.”
Kirscher awarded Freeman a total of $682,633 in final professional fees and cost, and his counsel, Horowitz & Burnett, a Denver law firm, a total of $2,396,146 in final fees and costs. Most of the money has already been paid in interim payments.

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