Chicago Spent $120K Fighting StingRay Surveillance Lawsuits – Report – 8 April 2015

RT logoThe Windy City has spent over $120,000 on attorney fees in recent months as part of efforts to protect details pertaining to its purchasing of cell phone surveillance tools, according to recently-obtained invoices.

Documents obtained by activist Freddy Martinez andpublishedby Ars Technica this week show that the Chicago Police Department racked up more than $120,000 in legal costs as of February 2015 just on lawsuits concerning the city’s use of a spy device that’s sold to cops across the country under the product name ‘StingRay’.

The documents — invoices between the CPD and a law firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — show that attorneys billed the city for $120,332 for services rendered since last June amid two suits filed by Martinez regarding the tool. Forty pages of transactions contained in the documents suggest the bulk of the fees relate to phone calls the CPD had since last year with the firm in order to discuss the StingRay suit.

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