If the defense lawyers in Ferguson v. Valero Energy Corp. get their way, plaintiffs attorney Wayne A. Schaible of McCann Schaible & Wall will be hit with sanctions of more than $106,000 for causing a mistrial in a wrongful death case by ignoring court orders that excluded certain evidence.

But Schaible and the lawyers who represent him are crying foul, saying the defense bills are excessive, that some of the lawyers’ hourly rates are bloated and unjustified, and that the defense team included lavish expenses that should never be in such a fee petition.

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