- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An investigation has shown that the city of Providence is named as a defendant in more than 1,000 active lawsuits in state and federal court.

Records obtained by WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/28UBA9n ) show that about 27 percent of the suits involve parties seeking relief from tax bills. Other complaints include policy challenges across city government.

Councilman Sam Zurier says most of the lawsuits against the city never go to trial.

Records show the city is the suing entity in 38 state and federal court cases.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Jorge Elorza says the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 sets aside $500,000 for claims and settlements.

Records show the city has spent $1.2 million on more than 20 outside legal firms to handle disputes in the current fiscal year.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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