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Settlement Agreements: Forgetting Costs May Cost You in California

DeSaulles v. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, No. H038184 (May 2, 2014): A California Court of Appeal recently considered the issue of whether one of the parties in a litigation can be considered to be...more

Settlement Agreement Silent On "Costs" Leads To Prevailing Party Award

In deSaulles v. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, 2014 DJDAR 5571 (2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth Appellate District decided that a prevailing party was entitled to costs, despite the fact...more

Should Employers Sue to Recover Attorney’s Fees After Winning a Lawsuit?

Unfortunately, the usual answer is no. After being sued by an employee for discrimination without a scintilla of evidence to support the claim, clients often ask “Can we countersue the employee for attorney’s fees?”...more

Fee Award to Prevailing Employer in Certain Actions Requires Employee Bad Faith

Existing law, with certain exceptions, requires a court in any action brought for the nonpayment of wages, fringe benefits, or health and welfare or pension fund contributions, to award reasonable attorneys' fees and costs to...more

’Tis the Season of Giving, Right?

We all think of December as the season of giving. Unfortunately, prevailing defendants in Title VII cases don’t always feel that way. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prevailing plaintiffs enjoy compensatory...more

Legislation Targeting Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) Passes in House by Comfortable Margin

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309), a bill principally aimed at curtailing certain patent infringement litigation practices of non-practicing entities...more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2014

The California Legislature was unusually active this year. Significantly, California increased the state minimum wage, created new “unfair immigration-related practices,” and expanded protections for whistleblowers. All laws...more

Section 128.7 Sanctions Not Available Following Arbitration

When a client has obtained a defense verdict, judgment or arbitration award, they will frequently ask what recourse they have to recover attorney’s fees and costs obtained in defending against the claims. In California,...more

United States Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two Cases That Could Potentially Deter Non-Practicing Entities From Filing Frivolous...

On October 1, 2013, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the “exceptional” case standard for awarding attorneys’ fees in two separate patent-infringement cases. Both cases relate to patentees who are...more

California Further Restricts Employer Recovery of Prevailing Party Attorney’s Fees

California has amended Labor Code § 218.5 to limit the circumstances under which an employer may recover its attorney’s fees and costs as the prevailing party in a lawsuit in which an employee has sued for nonpayment of...more

District Court Awards Fees To ESA Defendant, Ordering Plaintiffs Jointly And Severally Liable

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

Court Interprets Settlement Agreement to Allow For Fee Recovery

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

Prevailing Party Fees are Not Recoverable in Cases Arising Under Admiralty Jurisdiction

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

Prevailing Defendant Can Recover Costs in FDCPA Suit Not Filed in Bad Faith, Supreme Court Rules

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

Supreme Court Upholds Prevailing Debt Collectors' Right to Obtain Litigation Costs from Plaintiffs Under the Fair Debt Collection...

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

High court set to examine prevailing party attorney fees

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

Property Owners Are Entitled To Fee Award Arising From Invalid Claims Made By Homeowners Association

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

Prevailing Party Attorney Fee Award Is Granted Based On Successful Affirmative Defense Raised In Answer

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

Fee Awards in Contract Actions

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

Diamond Aircraft Piloting a Change in Floridas Attorneys Fees Law

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

The Lack Of An Enforceable Contract Does Not Require Denial Of Attorney Fees Claim

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

Changes on the Horizon in Texas Civil Procedure

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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