Attorney's Fees

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Attorney fees properly discharged under bankruptcy law in family law matter

In Bendetti v. Gunness, 2014 DJDAR 623 (2014), the US Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the bankruptcy court’s decision. The bankruptcy court ruled that an attorney fee award...more

Trial Court Fails To Adequately Explain Basis for Cuts. Reduction in Fee Award Reversed.

In Carter v. Caleb Brett LLC, 2014 DJDAR 1412 (2014), the US Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision of the district court, making a significant reduction in a fee award. The Ninth Circuit ruled that the...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects EEOC’s Expert Evidence In Proposed Pattern Or Practice Class Action Litigation

After a string of recent cases in which the agency has been forced to pay employer attorneys’ fees for bringing frivolous claims, the most recent zinger came from the Sixth Circuit last week in EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education...more

Cost Ramifications For Difficult Condominium Owner

In a recent post, we blogged about an owner who had engaged in inappropriate behaviour to such an extent that it constituted a breach of sections 117 and 119 of the Condominium Act. The court made a number of compliance...more

Making “Material Adverse Change” Mean What You Choose It to Mean — Neither More nor Less

A recent decision by the Court of Chancery of Delaware provides a reason to pause before agreeing to standard, boilerplate “material adverse change” clauses in purchase agreements. In Osram Sylvania, Inc. v. Townsend...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Lodestar Method to Determine Attorneys’ Fees in TCPA Class Action Settlement

In Americana Art China Company, Inc. v. Foxfire Printing & Packaging, Inc., 743 F.3d 243 (7th Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s attorneys’ fees award in a...more

A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008, I was...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Sanctions Against the EEOC In Action Fraught with Delays

Many employers who have dealt with the EEOC in large cases suffer frustration over inexplicable delays combined with at times unreasonable requests for information and/or relief. In a recent case from the Fourth Circuit, that...more

Civil Rights Attorney's Fees - Qualifying as a Prevailing Party Offers No Guarantees

With the enactment of the Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Awards Act of 1976, a court may allow a prevailing party in a section 1983 civil rights lawsuit to recover reasonable attorney's fees as part of the award. One of the...more

It Makes The World Go ‘Round

Money, that is. It is a motivation shared by employers and employees alike. It is the reason why employers are in business and why employees work for employers. And it is often the primary reason for a lawsuit....more

Second Circuit: Five Factors Still Relevant to ERISA Attorney Fee Awards

The Second Circuit recently had occasion to provide guidance to the lower courts on the standard for evaluating an ERISA attorneys’ fee application following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life...more

Former University Employee Ordered To Pay $100,000 In Attorneys’ Fees For Bringing Frivolous FEHA Action

Robert v. Stanford University, H037514 (February 25, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently affirmed an award of $100,000 in attorneys’ fees to a prevailing employer in a case where a former employee brought a...more

Attorneys’ Fees Awarded To Charter School In IDEA Action

The District Court for the District of Columbia recently issued a decision awarding attorneys’ fees to a charter school (that operates as its own local education agency), finding that the parent’s attorney filed and continued...more

Post-Divorce Judgment Legal Fees Generated By Custody Dispute Constitute a Non-Dischargeable Debt Pursuant to 11 U.S.C....

Section 523(a)(15) of the Bankruptcy Code provides that a discharge “does not discharge an individual debtor from any debt…to a spouse [or] former spouse, … in the course of a divorce…or…divorce decree or other order of a...more

Courts Provide Guidance On FOIA Attorney’s Fee Provision And Creation Of Records

In two recent cases, Illinois courts provided guidance on when a party is a “prevailing party” under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for purposes of obtaining attorney’s fees and whether a public body is...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - March 2014 (2)

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Rejects ‘Grossly Excessive’ Attorneys’ Fee Claim in Dismissed Case ..Voluntary Dismissal in Bumble Bee Class Action - New...more

ERISA – 2nd Circuit: Reversible Error To Deny Successful Claimant’s Attorney Fees Solely Because There Was No Evidence of Bad...

Can a court deny a successful ERISA claimant’s attorney fees solely because there is no evidence of bad faith? NO....more

NJ Law Grants Tenants Implied Right To Attorney’s Fees Under Residential Leases

New Jersey’s residential landlord/tenant statute has long been considered “tenant-friendly.” This trend continues with the recent enactment of Assembly Bill 3851signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie on January 17, 2014....more

Employer’s Notice Of Controversion (LS-207) Does Not Eviscerate Holding Of Andrepont

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Lincoln v. Director OWCP (Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc.) No. 13-1594 (March 11, 2014), was recently asked to address the effect of the employer filing a notice of...more

Can lawyers contractually agree to preclude a court from reviewing an arbitration award?

In Burton v. Class Counsel, 2013 DJDAR 16253 (2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal decided a unique case under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The court decided the issue of whether lawyers can contractually agree to...more

Supreme Court Issues Decision in Law v. Siegel, Eliminating Ability to Impose Surcharge on Exempt Property Unless Explicitly...

On March 4, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Law v. Seigel, Case No. 12-5196, 571 U.S. ___ (2014) holding that the bankruptcy court used its equitable powers in contravention of Bankruptcy Code section...more

Third Party is Liable For Attorney Fees to Party Damaged by Fraudulent Conveyance

In Cardinale v. Miller, 2014 DJDAR 252 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided a unique civil procedure issue arising out of an attorney fee award to a judgment creditor. The court...more

Attorney Fees Are Not Proper Where Plaintiff Dismisses Claims for Unlawful Debt Collection Practices

In Tourgeman v. Nelson & Kennard, 2014 DJDAR 587 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting collection case which resulted in an attorney fee award. The Court of Appeal...more

Oral Arguments in the Supreme Court Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. Case

On February 26, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases dealing with the attorney fee-shifting provision of 35 U.S.C. § 285. In the first case, Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. (Supreme...more

Patent Case Attorneys’ Fee Awards: The Supreme Court Characterizes Cases Argued Wednesday As “A Search for Adjectives;” Standards...

Feb. 27, 2014 – The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in its two cases on attorneys’ fees awards in patent infringement cases. The issues in Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness and Highmark v. Allcare...more

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