Lawyers Who Challenged Harper's Top Court Pick Lose Battle To Be Paid More

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OTTAWA — Two lawyers have lost a court fight to be paid more for their part in challenging a controversial judicial nomination.

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from Rocco Galati and Paul Slansky, who felt they were shortchanged for their efforts in contesting the appointment of Marc Nadon.

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Rocco Galati is seen outside the Federal Court Building in Winnipeg in 2012. (Photo: Trevor Hagan/CP)

Galati challenged the eligibility of the Federal Court of Appeal judge to fill one of three Supreme Court seats reserved for Quebec.

He put his challenge on hold when the Harper government referred the issue to the Supreme Court, which then nixed Nadon's appointment on the grounds it violated Quebec-specific provisions of legislation governing the high court.

Galati asked for $51,706.54, based on a charge of $800 an hour he said was reasonable for a lawyer with his experience, while Slansky, acting for the Constitutional Rights Centre, wanted $16,769.20 for helping him.

In December 2014, the Federal Court awarded them a total of $5,000 for their work.

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