Deaf Nebraska med student awarded legal fees

May 9, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Creighton University in Omaha to pay nearly $500,000 in legal fees for a deaf medical student who successfully sued the school for discrimination.

Michael Argenyi sued Creighton in 2009, after leaving medical school when Creighton refused his requests for interpreters — even though he offered to pay for them himself. Last year, a federal judge ruled that Creighton must provide Argenyi with special equipment and interpreters to allow him to finish medical school. The judge did not require the university to reimburse Argenyi for $110,000 he had already spent for interpreters and special equipment.

In March, Argenyi's lawyers filed a motion seeking nearly $621,000 in legal fees. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ordered $478,000 in attorney and legal fees.

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