Legally Separate Cause of Action Supports a Fee Award Under Civil Code Section 1717


In CDF Firefighters v. Maldonado, 2011 DJDAR 15709 (2011), the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth District decided a complex case involving a claim for fee recovery arising under California Civil Code Section 1717. That statute is designed to ensure mutuality of a remedy for attorney fee claims under contractual attorney fee provisions. The case arose out of a labor union dispute.

CDF Firefighters is a labor union for California wild land firefighters. One of the members of the CDF labor union filed charges against two other members. He alleged that the two members conspired to violate his right to attend a conference and to vote during the proceedings.

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