Litigation Fees & Costs

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Agencies Cannot Make Conditional Final Offers of Just Compensation in Condemnation Actions

In California eminent domain cases, a property or business owner is entitled to recover litigation expenses (attorneys' fees and expert costs) when the public agency's final offer of compensation is unreasonable and the...more

Submitting Your Defense Bills to Insurers Could Mean Waiving Privilege

Recently, the California Court of Appeal decided County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015), a case considering whether the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department could be...more

Perfect 10 Slammed With $5.5 Million In Fees And Costs Under The Copyright Act Without A Finding Of Frivolous Or Objectively...

The Central District of California recently awarded over $5 million in attorneys’ fees and over $400,000 in costs, emphasizing the degree of success obtained by Defendants and the improper motivations of Plaintiff. The court...more

Trial Court's Discretion to Award Costs to Prevailing Defendant in FEHA Action Is Subject to Christiansburg Standard

The California Supreme Court held that a prevailing defendant in an action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) (Govt C §§12900–12996) is entitled to an award of costs only in the discretion of the trial court...more

Six Pillars of Engagement: What You Need to Know About Using AFAs in Litigation

In recent years, increasing numbers of corporate legal departments have explored alternatives to the traditional hourly rate method of law firm billing in litigation matters. As a firm that has actively embraced such...more

FRANCHISEE 101: 7-Eleven Ordered to Disclose Metadata

A federal court has ordered 7-Eleven to disclose its metadata in three franchisees' claims that they were targeted for termination for financial, political and racially discriminatory reasons. Metadata is deep down "data...more

Federal Circuit Review | May 2015

Overly Narrow Statement Of Problem Can Show Reliance On Hindsight - In INSITE VISION INCORPORATED v. SANDOZ, INC., Appeal No. 2014-1065, the Federal Circuit held that enunciating an overly narrow statement of the problem...more

Conclusory Allegations Held Insufficient to Support Declaratory Relief on Right to Independent Counsel or Allocation of Defense...

In Centex Homes v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. (No. E060057, filed 5/22/15), a California Court of Appeal held that a developer’s declaratory relief lawsuit seeking a declaration of the right to independent counsel was...more

California Supreme Court Makes It Harder For Prevailing FEHA Defendants To Recover Their Costs

Under section 1032(b) of the California Code of Civil Procedure, “a prevailing party is entitled as a matter of right to recover costs in any action or proceeding” unless some statute expressly says otherwise. It has been...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2015

EEOC Conciliation Efforts Subject To Limited Judicial Review - In Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, the United States Supreme Court held that the conciliation efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are...more

Employers Who Prevail in FEHA Cases Cannot Recover Costs Unless the Employee’s Claims Are Frivolous, Unreasonable, or Groundless

In Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fires District, (No. S213100, en banc, filed 5/4/15) (Williams), the Supreme Court of California held a prevailing defendant in an action under the California Fair Employment and...more

California’s “Independent” Cumis Counsel Regime Faces A Novel Challenge

On May 5, the California Supreme Court will hear argument in a case that has the potential to profoundly change the relationship between the insurer, its insured and the insured’s independent defense counsel under Civil Code...more

TTAB Appeal at USDC – Win or Lose – You Pay the USPTO Costs

On April 23, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (2-1) in the case of Shammas v. Focarino, that, win or lose, a party who files a U.S. district court appeal from a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

South Carolina Law Does Not Permit an Insurer to Seek Contribution for Defense Costs from a Co-Insurer

An insurer cannot require contribution from a co-insurer for the expenses of a insured’s defense where one insurer denies liability and the other refuses to defend, according to a recent opinion of the Fourth Circuit Court of...more

FCA: TCC Erred in Awarding Costs on Basis of Pre-Appeal Conduct

The Tax Court has in recent years demonstrated a willingness to use cost awards to control the parties’ conduct. This includes awarding lump-sum amounts, which may depart markedly from the “tariff” amounts described in Tariff...more

Policyholder Insider Quarterly

Makers and Users of Smart Devices Beware: You May Have a Critical and Costly Gap in Your Insurance Coverage - The drumbeat of high-profile data breaches has led to rapid growth in the number of companies purchasing or...more

Ediscovery Costs Affirmed in Termination Dispute (6th Circuit)

Colosi v. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., 2015 WL 1186765 (6th Cir. Mar. 17, 2015). In this wrongful termination case, the plaintiff sought to challenge the bill of costs previously awarded to the defendant. The...more

Ediscovery Costs Taxable Only as Copying Costs (Illinois)

Bagwe v. Sedgwick Claims Mgmt. Servs., Inc., 2015 WL 351244 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 27, 2015). In this employment discrimination case, the court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment. The defendants then filed...more

CorpCast Episode 2: Advancement 101 [Video]

We’re back with the second episode of CorpCast, Morris James LLP’s podcast discussing Delaware corporate and commercial law and practice. In “Advancement 101,” we discuss the fundamentals of advancement actions in Delaware’s...more

ESI Recovery and Restoration Costs Recoverable Under Rule 54 (Colorado)

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Ctr. v. Leslea, 2015 WL 638198 (D. Co. Feb. 13, 2015). In this private civil rights enforcement case, the court dismissed the case, ruling that the defendants had qualified immunity. The...more

Petitioning Creditor Concerns in Involuntary Chapter 11

In DVI Receivables XIV, LLC, et al. v. Rosenberg, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a bankruptcy court's award of approximately $1 million in compensation for the debtor's...more

Frequently Asked Questions: Attorneys’ Fees and Costs in Divorce Cases

I don’t want the divorce; why should I have to pay for it? We all have expenses for things that we do not anticipate. We do not intend to get sick or hurt; however, if we need medical attention, we are required to pay...more

A “Solution” in Search of a Problem? The Innovation Act of 2015 and Trends in Fee-shifting in Patent Litigation

On February 5, 2015, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 9, entitled the “Innovation Act.” Among other things, the bill would direct courts to award attorneys’ fees and litigation-related expenses to prevailing...more

WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER – Parties Seeking To Depose Foreign-Based Witnesses In The U.S. Should Be...

Parties suing in the United States with foreign-based witnesses take heed, as you may find your foreign-based witnesses traveling to the United States for depositions. On February 12, 2015, Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal...more

Insurer Failure to Pay Defense Costs Excused by Insured Failure to Prove-Up Fees

In Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hilltop View, LLC, 2014 IL App (4th) 140007, the appellate court reversed the trial court’s order of contempt against the insurer, arising from the insurer’s failure to pay the defense costs the...more

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