Socorro attorneys Thomas Fitch and Polly Tausch filed a response to Socorro Electric Cooperatives motion to reconsider awarding attorney fees in the case of the co-op suing its member owners.
The preliminary case was decided in May when a New Mexico Supreme Court-appointed district judge ruled against Socorro Electric in its attempt to block new bylaws that require the co-op operate with greater transparency. Judge Albert J. Mitchell Jr. later ordered the co-op to pay $13,000 in attorney fees to the lawyers that defended the case. Fitch and Tausch were to receive $2,000 within 30 days of that Nov. 8 order, but Socorro Electric filed a motion to delay the payment until the case was resolved in its entirety.
What’s still pending is a countersuit that calls for class action certification, which was brought by two teams of attorneys — Deschamps & Kortemeier of Socorro and Ikard Wynne of Austin, Texas.