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SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico has spent at least $5.9 million since 2014 defending itself in court against allegations of under-funding public schools.
But the state government isn’t on the hook for the other side’s attorney fees, even after the plaintiffs won a landmark ruling last year.
In New Mexico, state law doesn’t usually require the losing party in a case to cover the cost of a winner’s attorney fees. Only a limited category of expenses – the costs of expert witnesses, printing transcripts and the like – can be recovered in the education lawsuit.