Attorney's fee application in a civil rights case. Plaintiffs prevailed in overturning an unconstitutional youth curfew law enacted by the City of Rochester, New York. This memo of law addresses mootness and the requirement that before he may be considered a "prevailing party" under the civil rights attorney's fee statute (42 USC 1983 & 1988), a civil rights plaintiff must succeed in materially altering the legal relationship between himself and the government in a way that actually impacts the plaintiff. See Rhodes v. Stewart, 488 U.S. 1 (1988).
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