Created: 12/17/2013 10:30 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The city of Albuquerque is paying out millions in lawsuit settlements, but it's the taxpayers footing the bill.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 got ahold of the documents detailing Albuquerque's payouts from January to September of 2013.
Among some of the odd ones: $17,500 dollars for a plaintiff who fell into an open water meter hole and $35,000 dollars for someone who tripped at the Botanic garden. In all, the cases for that 9-month period total more than $5 million dollars.
But City Attorney David Tourek says they are all reasonable payouts.
"You're not going to win the lottery. We're not going to pay a million, $2 million, $3 million for a slip and fall that might have occurred because of bad weather... If it's a frivolous lawsuit, we're going to defend it," Tourek said.
The biggest payout in that period was $1.7 million dollars for a class action lawsuit alleging a civil rights violation by the Safe City Strike Force.
There are also plenty of people who get nothing. Several cases were dismissed.