PATERSON, NJ - A Fairfield-based law firm seems likely to get an extra $25,000 for its work on lawsuit filed against the city by five police officers who say they suffered political retaliation on the job.
The city council on December 21 is going to vote to increase its contract with the law firm of Potters and Della Pietra by $25,000 raising the total payments to $85,000.
Back in October, the council approved a $450,000 settlement with Louis Spagnola, James Miyasato, Jose Torres, Francisco Maldonado and Vaughn Patterson, all police officers who sued the city, former mayor Joey Torres and Police Chief James Wittig alleging they suffered political retaliation on the job for backing the former mayor's opponent, Spagnola's father, in the 2006 mayoral election.