REPORT: Trump administration forced to pay millions to challengers of census citizenship question

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When the Trump administration backed down last month on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, it didn’t just lose the policy fight. It’s now paying millions of dollars in legal fees to the groups that sued.

Federal law gave the challengers the right to demand that the government, as the losing party, cover its legal bills. Earlier this month, the Justice Department reached a $2.7 million agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that sued over the citizenship question in federal court in Manhattan, according to a copy of the settlement obtained by BuzzFeed News through a public records request.

The article goes on to state the following:

The government’s tab is only going to get bigger. Late Thursday, challengers in two cases in Maryland filed demands for $7 million and $4 million in attorney fees and other legal expenses, respectively. Lawyers in those cases told the court that they’re in settlement negotiations with the government, which means the final sums paid out could be lower if the two sides reach a deal, but they’ve filed their full demands on the record in case those talks fall through.

In California, the state government and other challengers have asked for more than $100,000 to reimburse certain legal costs so far, and their requests for attorney fees and other expenses are due in early September.

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