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MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 11

Resident Is Not Subject to Use Tax on Yacht Briefly Docked in the State - In Matter of Michael Pellino, DTA No. 825869 (N.Y.S. Div. of Tax App., Oct. 1, 2015), a New York State Administrative Law Judge concluded that...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #3

New California Employment Laws on Fair Pay, Waiver of Meal Periods - Why it matters: California continues its focus on employment-related legislation. Touted as the toughest law of its kind in the nation, Senate...more

ERISA — ATTORNEY FEES: What Happens When The Plan And The Insurer Don’t Agree On The Benefit Denial?

You already know that under ERISA the court has discretion to award attorney fees to a party that has “some success on the merits.”...more

North Carolina Court Rules Class Action Settlements Can Award Attorneys’ Fees, but Note of Caution to Local Counsel

The North Carolina Court of Appeals considered for the first time whether it is legal in a class action settlement agreement for one party to agree to pay the other’s attorneys’ fees and expenses. The court concluded that it...more

A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered...more

Can I Get My Legal Fees Back for Having to Defend This Case?

One of the most common questions I get from my clients is whether they can recover their legal expenses for having to defend a meritless case. The short answer is that in most cases, no. That may seem unfair, especially...more

There Can Be Two “Prevailing Parties” in a Single Wage & Hour and Equal Pay Act Lawsuit

On October 14, 2015, the California Second District Court of Appeal held in Sharif v. Mehusa, Inc. that both the employee and the employer can be deemed “prevailing party” for purposes of recovering attorneys’ fees under the...more

Settlement – Recovering Costs Under CCP § 998 – Multiple Defendants’ Settlement Offer

Brian Kahn v. The Dewey Group, et al. - California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (September 8, 2015) - Code of Civil Procedure section 998 (§ 998) is a tool that allows litigants to further settlement...more

[Webinar] Making Them Pay: Winning Attorney Fees in Patent Litigation - Oct. 8th, 12:00pm EDT

In most litigation, each party pays its own attorney fees and costs, regardless of the outcome of the case. The Patent Act of 1952, however, allowed for an award of fees to the prevailing party in patent litigation in...more

Attorneys Fees Under California’s Prompt Payment Statutes. Contractor’s “Win” Fails the Sniff Test

This past month, the California Court of Appeals for the Third District, in  James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., Case No. C072169 (August 27, 2015), handed down a decision in a construction...more

What Happened to My Prevailing Party Attorneys' Fees Claim Against My Tenant?

Many leases contain a provision that the “prevailing party” in any litigation between the landlord and its tenant is entitled to recover all of its legal costs, including attorneys’ fees. However, that provision does not...more

Court Throws Wet Blanket On Prime Contractor's Attorneys' Fees Request In Prompt Payment Case

In James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., et al. (No. C072169, filed 8/27/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court's discretion to not award...more

CCP § 998 Offers: Court Clarifies Entitlement to Costs in Multi-Party Cases

David Litt v. Eisenhower Medical Center, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (June 19, 2015) - The purpose of California Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) § 998 is to encourage the settlement of...more

House Committee Advances Patent Reforms Aimed to Curb Patent Litigation Abuses

On June 11, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve the Innovation Act of 2015, a bill aimed to curb abusive litigation by so-called patent trolls. "Today in this committee, we are taking a pivotal step...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Holds Award of Counsel Fees to “Successful Claimant” in Coverage Dispute is Not Contingent Upon Award of...

On May 7, 2015, in Occhifinto v. Olivo Constr. Co., LLC, 2015 N.J. LEXIS 508 (2015), the Supreme Court of New Jersey considered whether a party who prevailed against an insurer in a declaratory judgment coverage but did not...more

Contractual Provisions Can Aid in the Recovery of Attorney’s Fees, But Consider the Unintended Consequences

Although the “American Rule” provides that each side pay its own attorneys’ fees, if your dispute arises from a contractual relationship, a “prevailing party” provision or indemnification clause may obligate one of the...more

When All Else Fails, Look to Fee-Shifting Statutes to Recover Attorney’s Fees

Your company is considering a lawsuit. Or maybe you’ve just been served with a summons and complaint. You’ve evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the claims, and you’re confident that, when the case ends, you’ll be the...more

Even if You Lose You May Win (Attorneys’ Fees That Is)

In New Jersey, if a policyholder is required to sue its insurance company for coverage, Court Rule R.4:42-9 allows a policyholder to recover attorneys’ fees if it is successful in obtaining coverage. The purpose of this...more

Attorney’s Fees Awarded in “Nonsensical” Trade Secrets Case - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Upholding an award of more than $180,000 in attorneys’ fees under the California Uniform Trade Secret Act (CUTSA) for bringing a bad faith misappropriation claim, the California Court of Appeal found that “Cypress filed a...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

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

Prevailing FEHA Defendant Not Entitled To Litigation Costs Unless Plaintiff’s Lawsuit Lacked Objective Basis

The California Supreme Court in Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire District affirmed the asymmetrical nature of litigation costs awards in discrimination lawsuits under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

ERISA (3rd Circuit): Even a Voluntary Settlement Can Mean “Some Success on the Merits” When Awarding Attorney Fees?

You know that a court has discretion to award attorney fees under ERISA if a party shows “some degree of success on the merits.” But how do you define “success”? A new third circuit case reminds one of that old Milton...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

LLCs Not Subject To Texas Attorney Fee Statute ... For Now

In a matter of first impression, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently held that Section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code — the statutory provision allowing a...more

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