Under the Bo Williams administration the city hired an architect to do the work. The company was charging ten percent for the design work. The city decided that was too much and ended up firing the firm. The company, Newman Partnership, sued them and was awarded two hundred fifty thousand dollars plus interest. The city refuses to pay the interest on the claim and the company`s attorney doesn`t want to settle. He wants the full amount for his client and says by not paying up the city is sending a negative message. At Tuesdays meeting the city council agreed they say Newman Partnership should be paid. But city leaders say under Louisiana law they can`t be forced to do so. City leaders say if Shreveport gives in to paying the interest on the court ruling it might hurt tax payers in the end. Meantime, at the next council meeting, councilman Theron Jackson plans to come up with an amendment for the city`s pay back procedure when it comes to lawsuits.