MHSAA ordered to pay $7.4 million in legal bills, interest

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A federal judge has ordered the Michigan High School Athletic Association to pay $7.4 million in legal bills and interest for its fight to maintain a scheduling system found to have discriminated against girls.

U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen in Kalamazoo has ordered the association to pay $4.4 million in attorneys' fees.

Most is to go to a Virginia lawyer for a small group of Grand Rapids-area mothers who sued the MHSAA nearly 10 years ago.

The Detroit News says Enslen also awarded more than 5 percent annual interest on the judgment from the date that the suit was filed in June 1998, swelling the total payout to $7.4 million.

MHSAA spokesman John Johnson declined to comment Tuesday.

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