State pays after skim milk lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The state of Florida has paid $437,000 for legal fees of attorneys who sued Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Earlier this year, all-natural dairy company Ocheesee Creamery in Calhoun County filed an appeal against the state after the state demanded the company to label its skim milk "imitation" because vitamins were not added to the milk. A federal appeals court sided with the Creamery.

According to court records, a federal judge ordered Putnam's office to pay Ocheesee's legal fees. State officials say the money has been paid.

Since 2011 the state has paid more than $20 million to cover expenses and fees for lawyers who have sued the state.