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Judge Awards Half a Million in Legal Fees in Dog Bite Case

RICHLAND, Wash.- New information in the K-9 attack lawsuit against the City of Kennewick.

A federal judge has awarded more than $500,000 in attorneys fees.

In May, a federal jury awarded Ken Rogers more than $1 million in connection with a 2003 incident where he was attacked in his sleep at this house by a Kennewick Police K-9.

Rogers' attorneys asked for legal fees because the jury found the incident had violated his civil rights.

"If you are able to establish, and it's not easy to establish, but if you are, that the government, in this case a police force has denied you of your civil rights and you've incurred damages as has happened in this case, you should be entitled to the fees associated with getting those," said Diehl Rettig, Rogers' attorney. 

Federal Judge Edward Shea ruled the fees were "reasonable market rate."

A fee of about $240 an hour was charged.

Rettig says the defense has already appealed the verdict.

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