If an “Anniston’s Most Litigious” title existed, Ben Little, the Ward 3 council member, would own it.
Legal victories have been harder to come by for Little. His libel suit against The Star dragged on for almost three years until it was firmly rejected by the state Supreme Court late last year. The price tag the newspaper paid to defend itself from Little’s frivolous action: $72,000.
The bottom line is that lawsuits are expensive, for the defendants, the plaintiffs and the courts. This brings us back to the question we posed to the lawsuit-happy Little last month: How much is this legal work costing? And who is footing the bill?
Little has thus far been reluctant to tell us how much he owes in legal fees. We know one lawsuit — filed against McClellan’s redevelopment authority — ran up a bill of $62,000. (We know because Little audaciously asked the city to pay it.) Were that sum multiplied over all of Little’s recent legal action, he could owe as much as $300,000 for his many lawsuits.
Over the past three years, the councilman has been quick to sue, heading to civil court several times. He’s been less forthcoming to answer questions about how he can afford top-dollar legal representation in multiple civil lawsuits. It’s time for that to change; he owes the city answers.