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$1.3M in attorney fees awarded in Grimm suit

The Gloucester County School Board has agreed to pay about $1.3 million in attorney’s fees and costs associated with the Gavin Grimm lawsuit.

Grimm, a transgender former Gloucester High School student, requested to use the boys’ restrooms at GHS. After his request was granted, the school board received several complaints from parents who disagreed with the arrangement. In response, the board adopted a policy limiting restroom usage to corresponding genders, while providing private alternative facilities for transgender students.

Grimm, with backing from the ACLU, sued the board in federal court in 2015 claiming the policy was discriminatory and violated Title IX and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

After six years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court declined in June to review a lower court’s finding that the policy did violate Title IX and the constitution. Grimm petitioned to have the fees and costs paid and the school board did n...

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