Attorneys involved in the legal and political battle over a multimillion-dollar Miami fire-rescue fee settlement claim that the late Henry Latimer suggested the controversial idea that only seven individual plaintiffs receive money to resolve the case.

The deceased former judge, high-powered litigator and shareholder at Greenberg Traurig served as the mediator in the case. According to the depositions of two Adorno & Yoss attorneys who represented the plaintiffs, the firm never thought of settling the case on an individual basis until Latimer suggested doing so in settlement talks.