The lawyers who defeated Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban in the Supreme Court, successfully arguing for an individual right to bear arms, want $3.5 million for their trouble, reports Legal Times. The team — financed by The Cato Institute’s Robert Levy and led by civil rights and intellectual property lawyer Alan Gura — says it clocked at least 3,273 hours in the case, filed in 2003 and concluded June 26. The lawyers called their case “one of the most profound and important victories available under our system of justice” and emphasized the long odds they faced.
The team asked U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to multiply its fees under a law that allows for fee enhancement in exceptional cases “where the result is especially important and there is significant professional risk to counsel in pursuing the litigation.” “If this is not an ‘exceptional case’  we are at a loss to describe what case would qualify,” the lawyers say. Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles told Legal Times, “We obviously are going to have to look at it closely. That’s a lot of money. This is not a situation where there was a trial. Everything was done on motions.”