In 1988, Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner observed, with characteristic flair, that litigation over attorneys’ fees “has become a heavy burden on the federal courts...
It can turn a simple civil case into two or...more
The U.S. Supreme Court has provided much-needed clarity and uniformity on the issue of whether contractual attorney’s fees are a part of a merits decision for the purposes of determining timeliness of a federal appeal. Ray...more
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the plaintiffs, a group of union-affiliated employee benefit funds (the Funds), waited too late to give notice of their appeal from the trial court’s judgment on the merits of their case...more
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous opinion that an unresolved claim for attorney’s fees does not prevent a decision on the merits of an ERISA suit from becoming final for purposes of the deadline to file a notice of...more
The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in a case that could have far reaching impact in litigation involving federal claims for attorney’s fees. In Ray Haluch Gravel Co. v. Central Pension Fund of the...more
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