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Gallup diocese billed $2.25M so far in bankruptcy case

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup has incurred over $2.25 million of legal fees and expenses in its ongoing bankruptcy reorganization case.

The Gallup Independent ( ) reports that the cost figures are from billing statements submitted to the federal Bankruptcy Court by attorneys, accountants, insurance researchers and real estate appraisers.

Facing mountain lawsuits alleging clergy sex abuse, the diocese filed in November 2013 for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

The total cost figure of $2.25 million includes $57,000 already paid by the district. The remaining fees and expenses won’t be paid until the diocese has an approved plan for reorganization.

More than half of the total figure consists of over $1.3 million billed by a law firm, Quarles & Brady LLC.

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