Pittsburgh's Law Department will pay about half of legal bills incurred by Council members who challenged a billboard permit downtown. Council members Bill Peduto, Bruce Kraus, Ricky Burgess and Doug Shields hired a lawyer to help them in their dispute with Lamar Advertising, and they were billed $10,706. Councilman Patrick Dowd was also involved in the legal dispute with Lamar, but retained his own counsel. His legal bill is not included in the Law Department's decision.
Lamar Advertising has since re-applied for the billboard permit. A hearing is scheduled for later this month.