David J. McMahon

David J. McMahon

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Fee Caps Do Not Apply to Prisoners Defending Judgment on Appeal

In Woods v. Carey the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case on the recovery of attorney fees in the context of a prisoner defending a judgment on appeal....more

8/14/2013 - Appeals Criminal Prosecution Fees Final Judgment Prison

Property Owners Are Entitled To Fee Award Arising From Invalid Claims Made By Homeowners Association

In Grossman v. Park Fort Washington Association, 2013 DAR 747 (2013), the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District decided an interesting fee case arising out of a dispute between property owners and a...more

2/14/2013 - Appeals Arbitration Awards Attorney's Fees Bylaws Fees Homeowners' Association Mediation Permits Prevailing Party Property Improvements

Trial Court Abuses Its Discretion by Forcing Insurer to Bear the Cost of Giving Notice to Putative Class Members

In In re Insurance Installment Fee Cases, 2012 DJDAR 16696 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an important class action cost recovery issue. The case arose in the insurance...more

1/23/2013 - Abuse of Discretion Appeals Class Action Discovery Motion to Compel Reversal Special Attendant Costs State Farm

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