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Legal fees dropping in Livingston Parish

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LIVINGSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Livingston Parish officials say doubling the monthly retainer for their legal adviser has dropped his overall billing for the past two months and could save the parish as much as $100,000 this year.

Several parish council members raised concerns over the past year about legal adviser Christopher Moody's bills.

Under a renegotiated contract that went into effect in February, The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1kXhDdS ) Moody continues to bill $175 hourly for federal court cases and lawsuits filed against parish officials personally.

His monthly fee, which doubled to $8,000, now covers all other state court cases and general legal advice.

Parish officials say the changes have lowered his monthly bills from an average of $21,250 to $10,000 over the past two months.

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