David J. McMahon

David J. McMahon

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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Under California Law, Attorney Billing Statements Are Confidential Communications

In County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors et al. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles, 2015 DJDAR 4085, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District ruled that attorney invoices may be confidential...more

7/20/2015 - Appeals Attorney Communications Attorney-Client Privilege Confidential Communications Discovery Evidence Invoices

Attorney Fees Granted In Prisoner Litigation Under Private Attorney General Doctrine

In In re Butler, 2015 DJDAR 5345, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided a prison case and awarded attorney fees under the Private Attorney General Doctrine contained in CCP§ 1021.5. The court...more

7/20/2015 - Attorney's Fees Prison Private Attorneys General Act Settlement

Where Attorney Fees Are An Incident To A Cause Of Action, They Need Not Be Pleaded And Proven

In Faton v. Ahmedo, 2015 DJDAR 5256, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held that where an attorney fee request is a mere “incident to a cause of action,” they need not be pleaded and proven, as...more

7/20/2015 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Evidentiary Hearings Motion for Reconsideration Pleadings Restraining Orders Standard of Proof

Attorney Fees Awarded In First Impression

In Ryan v. Editions Limited West Inc., 2015 DJDAR 5455, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit decided an important issue of first impression: does the Copyright Act of 1976 preclude enforcement of a contractual...more

7/20/2015 - Attorney's Fees Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Fee-Shifting First Impression Preemption State Law Claims The Copyright Act

Fees For Public Records Act Request Is Only Proper Where The Request Is "Clearly Frivolous"

In Bertoli v. City of Sebastopol, 2015 DJDAR 779, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided a case involving a fee request under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”)....more

5/28/2015 - Electronically Stored Information Fees Frivolous Lawsuits Public Records Public Records Act Reversal

Revision Of Coal Mining Permit By Environmental Group Results In Attorney Fee Award

In Black Mesa v. Jewell, 2015 DJDAR 1050, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that an environmental group was entitled to an award of attorney fees arising out of their challenge to the Office...more

5/28/2015 - ALJ Appeals Attorney's Fees Coal Mines Permits Reversal

Realty Repurchase Agreement Provided A Basis For The Recovery Of Fees

In Mountain Air Enterprises LLC v. Sundowner Towers LLC, 2014 DJDAR 15552, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided a complex contractual dispute. The litigation involved several different...more

5/27/2015 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Contract Disputes Real Estate Transfers Repurchases

Attorney Lien Letter For Fees Is Not The Proper Subject Of Slapp Suit Motion

In Drell v. Cohen, 2014 DJDAR 16055, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District decided whether an attorney’s lien letter which asserted the right to fees, was the proper subject of an anti-SLAPP suit motion....more

5/27/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Appeals Attorney's Fees

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

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