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The city of Atlanta says lawyers who launched an unsuccessful challenge to Mayor Kasim Reed’s 2011 pension fund reform should pay the city more than $400,000 in attorney fees and expenses because the lawsuit was frivolous.

John Bell Jr. and Lee Brigham of Augusta’s Bell & Brigham, who brought the suit on behalf of city workers, have appealed a judge’s dismissal of the suit to the Supreme Court of Georgia. In a response to the city’s motion, Bell and Brigham wrote that the suit involves “question of first impression about which reasonable minds might disagree,” and asked the court to defer any ruling until the appeal has played out.

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