Deaf Neb med student seeks $600K in lawyers' fees

By: AP
By: AP

Omaha, NE (AP) - Attorneys for Creighton University say they will fight a request for the Omaha school to pay more than $600,000 in attorneys' fees for a deaf medical student who successfully sued the school for discrimination.

Michael Argenyi (ar-GEN'-ee) sued Creighton in 2009, after leaving medical school when Creighton refused his requests for interpreters — even though he offered to pay for them himself. Last year, a federal judge ruled that Creighton must provide Argenyi with special equipment and interpreters to allow him to finish medical school. The judge did not require the university to reimburse Argenyi for $110,000 he had already spent for interpreters and special equipment.

Last week, Argenyi's lawyers filed a motion seeking nearly $621,000. Creighton's attorney, Michael P. Scott, said Friday that the request is excessive.

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