Bicyclists who pressed a challenge to required permits for large groups of riders "even though they had no real hope of success" must pay $16,000 in litigation costs, a federal judge has ruled. The judge noted the case raised constitutional issues but faulted the plaintiffs, who were represented pro bono by Debevoise & Plimpton, for pursuing the case. While pro bono efforts "generally are to be applauded," the judge warned about undertaking such efforts without regard for economic costs and "realistic prospects for success."
Federal Judge Dings Debevoise Clients for 'Unwarranted Persistence' in Pro Bono Case
New York Law Journal
July 16, 2010