Attorney's Fees Breach of Contract

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Eleventh Circuit Finds No Coverage for Contempt Proceedings under Lloyd's Professional Liability Insurance Policy

In Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. v. Prosight-Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s, United States No. 15-12399, 2017 WL 586450 (11th Cir., February 14, 2017) the insured law firm sought to recover legal fees and costs incurred...more

District Court Does Not Have Unlimited Discretion in Assessing Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees

Addressing attorneys’ fees in the context of a breach of contract claim, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed the district court’s limited award of attorneys’ fees, finding the award inconsistent with the...more

Nice Attorneys Sometimes Finish Last

Attorneys are accustomed to being called “ambulance chasers” or “sharks,” always interested in increasing their fees. Even if a lawyer reduces a bill for an unhappy client, that conduct may backfire if the client isn’t...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Award, Rejecting Claim That Arbitrator Exceeded His Powers And Ignored The Law

A court has confirmed an arbitration award of more than $8 million in damages, attorneys’ fees and costs against Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. and Arges Imaging Inc. (collectively “Respondents”) in favor of Petitioners, who...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Will Texas Change the Recovery of Attorneys' Fees in 2017?"

The general rule in Texas is that litigants must pay their own attorneys’ fees. Texas only allows the recovery of attorneys’ fees where it is authorized by statute, called for in the contract between the parties, or – in rare...more

Recovery of Contractual Attorneys’ Fees for Tort and Contract Claims - Dismissing Contract Action May Mean Attorney’s Fee...

Dismissing Contract Action May Mean Attorney’s Fee Liability. Neeshat S. Khan v. Michael Shim - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (December 29, 2016) - Civil Code § 1717(b)(2) generally bars the award...more

Voluntary Dismissal of Contract Claims Leads to Involuntary Payment of Attorneys’ Fees

Recently, in Khan v. Shim, No. H041608 (Cal. Ct. App. Dec. 29, 2016) (“Khan”), the California Court of Appeal held where a plaintiff voluntarily dismisses an action involving contract and tort claims, Civil Code section 1717,...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC37979 - Meadowbrook Center, Inc. v. Buchman - Nursing home sued son/guarantor of patient and obtained a judgment for $45,000. The guarantee agreement allowed the nursing home to seek attorney fees. The son appealed...more

Yahoo Awarded Over $1.5 Million in Sweepstakes Promotion Lawsuit

Last week, a Dallas federal court concluded that Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo”) should be paid over $913,000 in attorneys’ fees in connection with its March Madness sweepstakes promotion, bringing Yahoo’s total award in the case to...more

Superior Court Limits Contractual Indemnification To Third Party Claims

This decision holds that a general obligation to indemnify another party to a contract applies only to claims filed by a third party and not to claims between the parties to the contract itself. Hence, if you want to cover...more

Florida Supreme Court Rules Incorrect Denial of Insurance Benefits Can Trigger Award of Attorneys’ Fees to Insured

On September 29, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court held, in Johnson v. Omega Insurance Company (No. SC14-2124), that a homeowner is entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees after an improper denial of insurance benefits. The...more

Court Holds Indemnity Provision Provides No Right To Attorney Fees

Contractual indemnity provisions often broadly provide for the payment of the indemnified party’s attorney fees. In Alki v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 892 (Cal. Ct. App. 2016), for example, a fund administration...more

In the Tenth Circuit, Colorado’s On-Going Debate over the “Fairly Debatable” Defense

A recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, The Home Loan Investment Co. v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co., 827 F.3d 1256 (10th Cir. 2016), demonstrates that, although multiple jurisdictions may recognize similar defenses...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 2 & 9, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Standing: where copy of note attached to foreclosure complaint contained no endorsement and original note presented at trial had endorsement in favor of plaintiff, plaintiff required to...more

Texas Appellate Court Affirms Injunctive Relief and $2.8 Million Award in Attorney’s Fees Against Former Employee in Trade Secret...

A Texas Court of Appeals held on August 22, 2016, that a former employer was entitled to $2.8 million in attorney’s fees against a former employee who used the employer’s information to compete against it. The Court reached...more

Tennessee Federal District Court Holds That Contractor May Pursue Both Breach of Contract Action in Federal Court and Lien...

Summit Contracting Grp., Inc. v. Ashland Heights, LP, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60662 (M.D. Tenn. May 6, 2016) - Ashland Heights, LP (“Owner”) contracted with Summit Contracting Group, Inc. (“Contractor”) to construct an...more

Avatar Wins Against Another Copyright Owner… in an Unusual Manner

A recent decision from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, ended the hopes and dreams of a copyright owner from receiving a share of the $2.8 billion earned by James Cameron’s Avatar film. In this...more

Texas Court of Appeals: Parties Cannot Recover Statutory Attorney's Fees from an LLC for Breach of Contract Claims

A recent decision from the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston closes the door to the recovery of attorney's fees from limited liability companies under Chapter 38 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, one of the few...more

Three Point Shot - June 2016

Showtime and Top Rank Slug It out over "Fight of the Century" - Who said boxing was dead? Fight fans still bitter over the May 2015 Floyd Mayweather–Manny Pacquiao bout that was far more mega-bore than mega-brawl...more

Even Conduct That Is Not Barred by a Contract Can Lead to Contract Damages

In Exercising Contractual Rights Can Be Risky If It Is for an Ulterior Purpose, I discussed how a business can subject itself to multiple damages and attorneys’ fees under Mass. General Laws, Chapter 93A if it attempts to...more

Recovering Attorney's Fees for Breach of Contract Under Texas Law Recent Cases Say No!

In the energy sector, many contracts contain Texas choice of law provisions, or are performed in Texas, which means that Texas law probably applies. The conventional wisdom in Texas is that a prevailing party can recover its...more

Risks of Withdrawing a Case: Reciprocity of Attorneys’ Fees in Connecticut Consumer Contract Default Actions

Lenders beware! If you have brought an action to seek recovery of a defaulted consumer loan whether it be foreclosure or a breach of contract action, Connecticut has a statutory scheme which provides that the debtor, if it...more

Federal Court in Georgia Holds Specific Contractual Intent to Benefit Required for Tenant to Be Third-Party Beneficiary of...

J.C. Penney Props. v. Hiram LL, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8027 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 25, 2016) - In January 2008, Hiram LL, LLC (“Hiram”) leased property to J.C. Penney Properties, Inc. (“J.C. Penney”) for the construction and...more

Absent a Fee-Sharing Agreement Signed by Client, Referring Attorney Cannot Recover Fees From Receiving Attorney

Naughton v. Pfaff, 2016 IL.App (2nd) 150360 - Brief Summary - A referring attorney sought to recover under an oral fee-sharing agreement with another attorney, alleging that their agreement constituted a joint...more

Second Circuit Reverses Award Of Attorneys’ Fees For Confirmation Of Arbitral Award

The Second Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision granting attorneys’ fees for the cost of confirming an arbitration award. The dispute arose out of a shipping contract for overseas shipping of acrylonitrile, and the...more

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