On March 29, 2013, after more than 11 years of litigation, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia held that a defendant, as the prevailing party, was entitled to attorneys' fees under the Endangered...more
In Khavarian Enterprises Inc. v. Commline Inc.,2013 DJDAR 6107 (2013) the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District overruled the trial courts denial of a fee claim arising out of a settlement agreement....more
Insurers with marine risks in Florida should be wary of an evolving conflict among Florida’s lower appellate courts regarding the applicability of Florida’s Offer of Judgment Statute (ch. 768.79) to claims governed by...more
A prevailing defendant in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) case can recover costs even without a court finding that the plaintiff filed suit in bad faith and for the purpose of harassment, the U.S. Supreme Court...more
In Marx v. General Revenue Corp., decided on February 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court, by a margin of 7-2, held that a debt collector sued by a borrower under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") may...more
Originally published in The Daily Journal on 2/6/13.
Last month, the state Supreme Court granted review of the question, “Is the party who obtains the dismissal of a contract action entirely on procedural grounds...more
In Grossman v. Park Fort Washington Association, 2013 DAR 747 (2013), the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District decided an interesting fee case arising out of a dispute between property owners and a...more
In Windsor Pacific LLC v. Samwood Co. Inc., 2013 DJDAR 1292 (2013), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided a novel attorney fee issue arising out of hotly contested litigation, pertaining to...more
The California Supreme Court is reviewing the following question: "Is a party who obtains the dismissal of a contract action entirely on procedural grounds entitled to an award of attorney fees under Civil Code section 1717...more
In Florida, in the absence of a written “prevailing party” clause in a contract or another such contractual basis for fees, prevailing civil litigants generally may recover their attorneys fees from non-prevailing parties...more
In Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. v. CMC Fabricators Inc., 2012 DJDAR 15717 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided a unique and interesting claim for attorney fees arising from the alleged...more
The Texas Supreme Court has adopted several rule changes that significantly affect civil litigation. New Rule 91a permits the filing of a motion to dismiss an action that lacks a basis in law or fact....more
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