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.