New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Matthew Chayes

Newsday NYC lawsuit payouts expected to rise despite tougher stance on nuisance claims by Matthew Chayes

NYC lawsuit payouts expected to rise despite tougher stance on nuisance claims

But with the projections still going up, City Councilman Ben Kallos questioned how the city estimates its legal liabilities. He said other spending needs are going unmet because of the funds reserved for litigation.

"With regard to investing in defending these frivolous lawsuits, the key issue here is: We should be seeing a return on our investment, and that should be reflected in the judgment-and-claims budget," Kallos (D-Manhattan) said.