David J. McMahon

David J. McMahon

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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Vineyard's Attorney Fees Claim Turns Into Sour Grapes

In Belle Terre Ranch Inc. v. Wilson, 2015 DJDAR 506, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided an agricultural trespass action involving an attorney fees claim....more

4/17/2015 - Action to Quiet Title Appeals Attorney's Fees Property Owners

Law Firm Loses Fee Claim: Total Victory Turns Into Crashing Loss

In David S. Karton, A Law Corporation, v. Dougherty, 2014 DJDAR 15340, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided a case with a long, convoluted complex fact pattern under California Code of...more

4/17/2015 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Cal Code of Civil Procedure Default Judgment

Is a tenant is entitled to attorney fees when landlord's anti-SLAPP motion is denied?

In Ben-Shahar v. Pickart, 2014 DJDAR 15712, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District decided a complex landlord/tenant case involving the interplay of unlawful detainer proceedings and California’s Special...more

2/5/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Attorney's Fees Landlords Rent Control Tenants Unlawful Detainer

Court rules percentage based award is reasonable under California law - ignores federal precedent

In Laffitte v. Robert Half International Inc., 2014 DJDAR 15575, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided an interesting attorney fee case arising from class action wage and hour litigation....more

2/3/2015 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Class Action Due Process Robert Half Wage and Hour

When automatic stay violations require fee awards

In America’s Servicing Co. v. Schwartz-Tallard, 2014 DJDAR 12063, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit decided an interesting case arising from allegations that a debt servicing entity violated the...more

2/2/2015 - Appeals Automatic Stay Bankruptcy Code Debt Collectors Fee Awards

Post award correction of attorney fees award by arbitrator is reversed

In Cooper v. Lavely Singer Professional Corp., 2014 DJDAR 13272, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District ruled that a post-hearing substantive “correction” of a “Final Award” of attorney fees awarded...more

1/29/2015 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitrators Attorney's Fees

Attorney fees claim becomes the tail that wags the litigation dog

In Ellis Law Group LLP v. Nevada City Sugar Loaf Properties LLC, 2014 DJDAR 13541, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District decided a case implicating the doctrine that self-represented law firms may...more

1/27/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Appeals Attorney's Fees Independent Contractors Reversal Self-Represented Law Firms

A Cautionary Tale: Members of a Defunct LLC May Have Liability For Attorney Fees

In CB Richard Ellis Inc. v. Terra Nostra Consultants the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting issue concerning the liability of an LLC member for a fee award imposed against the...more

12/24/2014 - Attorney's Fees Business Litigation Corporate Dissolution Limited Liability Companies Members Personal Liability

A Judgment Cannot Not Lie Against Attorney Who is a Non Party

In Suarez v. City of Corona, 2014 DJDAR 12101, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case concerning the interpretation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1038....more

12/16/2014 - Attorney's Fees Frivolous Lawsuits Municipalities Personal Liability Prevailing Party Professional Liability Young Lawyers

Creditor's Willful Violation of Automatic Stay Results in Fee Award

In Snowden v. Check Into Cash of Washington Inc. (In re Snowden), 2014 DJDAR 12677, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided a bankruptcy case involving the award of attorney fees....more

12/15/2014 - Attorney's Fees Automatic Stay Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Creditors Debtor-Creditor Debtors Sanctions

Is a Memorandum of Costs required in addition to a Fee Petition?

In Kaufman v. Diskeeper Corp., 2014 DJDAR 11468, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided an interesting case involving the interplay of a filed Memorandum of Costs and a related Petition to...more

11/26/2014 - Appeals Arbitration Attorney's Fees Litigation Fees & Costs Settlement

Fee award against non-party attorney is thrown out by appellate court

In Suarez v. City of Corona, 2014 DJDAR 12101, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case concerning the interpretation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1038....more

11/24/2014 - Appeals Fee Awards Frivolous Lawsuits Municipalities Public Entities

Is an independent lawsuit required to fix amount of attorney's fee lien?

In Mojtahedi v. Vargas the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided a unique issue pertaining to the procedure for enforcing an attorney fees lien against the attorney who is hired to replace the...more

9/4/2014 - Attorney's Fees Liens

Court decides when statute of limitations for "wrongful act or omission" against counsel begins

In Lee v. Hanley the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District decided an issue concerning the interpretation of the one-year statute of limitations relating to allegations of wrongdoing in the performance of...more

8/13/2014 - Attorney Malpractice Statute of Limitations

Timing of judgment creditor's entitled fee petition key to enforcement

In Conservatorship of McQueen the California Supreme Court decided a unique issue concerning the interpretation of Code of Civil Procedure Section 685.040. Under that statute, a judgment creditor is entitled to the reasonable...more

8/11/2014 - Attorney's Fees Creditors Enforcement Rules of Civil Procedure

Trial Court's Calculation of Lodestar Is Affirmed

In Syers Properties III, Inc. v. Rankin the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s grant of an award of attorney fees. The appellant contended that the trial court should not...more

7/23/2014 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Complex Litigation

Reasonable attorney fees did not include underlying administrative hearing process against Social Services, court determines

In K.I. v. Wagner, 2014 DJDAR 5546 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District granted partial attorney fees in a social security proceeding. An attorney represented a minor who was disabled by...more

6/2/2014 - Administrative Hearings Appeals Attorney's Fees Minors Social Security Social Security Benefits

Settlement Agreement Silent On "Costs" Leads To Prevailing Party Award

In deSaulles v. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, 2014 DJDAR 5571 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth Appellate District decided that a prevailing party was entitled to costs, despite the fact...more

5/20/2014 - Appeals Hospitals Judicial Settlement Agreements Litigation Fees & Costs Prevailing Party

Is the Claimant entitled to attorney fees when the government asserts an unreasonable position?

In Tobeler v. Colvin, 2014 DJDAR 4845 (2014), the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit overturned the trial court’s decision rejecting a claim for attorney fees. ...more

5/12/2014 - Administrative Appeals Appeals Attorney's Fees Equal Access to Justice Act Social Security Disability

Technical Rejection of Fee Claim Is Overruled By Court of Appeal

In Marriage of Sharples, 2014 DJDAR 823 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District overturned the outright rejection of a request for fees by the trial court. The judge rejected the fee claim on...more

4/29/2014 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Divorce

Attorney Litigants May Not Recover Attorney Fees When They Represent Themselves

In Soni v. Wellmike Enterprise Co. Ltd., 2014 DJDAR 3828 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed a well established principle under California law. Law firms and attorney litigants...more

4/29/2014 - Attorney's Fees Pro Se Litigants

Attorney fees properly discharged under bankruptcy law in family law matter

In Bendetti v. Gunness, 2014 DJDAR 623 (2014), the US Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the bankruptcy court’s decision. The bankruptcy court ruled that an attorney fee award...more

4/17/2014 - Attorney's Fees Consumer Bankruptcy Divorce Fraud

Trial Court Fails To Adequately Explain Basis for Cuts. Reduction in Fee Award Reversed.

In Carter v. Caleb Brett LLC, 2014 DJDAR 1412 (2014), the US Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision of the district court, making a significant reduction in a fee award. The Ninth Circuit ruled that the...more

4/16/2014 - Attorney's Fees

Can lawyers contractually agree to preclude a court from reviewing an arbitration award?

In Burton v. Class Counsel, 2013 DJDAR 16253 (2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal decided a unique case under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The court decided the issue of whether lawyers can contractually agree to...more

3/12/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Awards Attorney's Fees Complex Litigation Federal Arbitration Act

Are "pro hac vice" counsel entitled to recover costs?

In Kalitta Air LLC v. Central Texas Airborne System Inc., 2013 DJDAR 16393 (2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a unique issue which other federal circuits have reached different conclusions on. The main issue...more

3/11/2014 - Legal Costs Litigation Fees & Costs Pro Hac Vice

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