Counsel's Mistaken Decision Constituted Good Cause to Extend the Deadline for Filing of a Fee Petition

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In Lewow v. Surfside III Condominium Owners’ Assn. Inc., 2012 DJDAR 1445 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided a novel case dealing with the interplay between a fee award entered under California’s “common interest development” statute and the Federal Bankruptcy Code.

On February 3, 2010, judgment was entered in favor of a condominium owners’ association (“Association”) on a complaint filed by one of the condominium owners. He alleged that the Association failed to perform critical duties.

On February 10, notice of entry of judgment was mailed to the defendant, and the defendant filed for relief under Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. On July 23, the bankruptcy proceedings were dismissed. Thereafter, notice of the dismissal was served two days later on the Association.

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