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Florida Legislature Fighting Over Eric Brody Legal Fees, His Lawyers Say Screw It

The Cliffs Notes of the case so far: Eric Brody was left brain-damaged after a speeding off-duty BSO deputy smashed into his car on Oakland Park Boulevard in March 1998. A jury awarded Brody's family more than $30 million in a settlement, but, 14 years later, they've yet to receive a dime. (For the full-length version, check out our 2009 feature story.)

Well, after several failed attempts spanning four years, the Florida legislature passed a bill Monday that would approve the settlement, but the House and Senate have been going ...

... back and forth trying to decide an appropriate cap for legal fees.

Yesterday, Brody's legal and lobbying team said forget about it -- they'd settle for zero. Just pass the damn bill.

Attorney Lance Block said fighting over these fees is "what gives lawyers a bad name," according to the Sun Sentinel. The appropriate amendments are still being drafted in the House.

Even if the reconciled bill passes, however, the Brodys will only be getting a third of the money the jury said they were owed. A House analysis decided the jury's findings for pain and suffering, you know, from being permanently disabled, were not appropriate -- and cut them out of the ruling. The final amount will be for a little less than $11 million, which Brody's father should be enough to pay for his son's medical care.

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