Copy and Pasting Billing Entries Won’t Fly in Federal Battles for Legal Fees

Posted On May 8th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A firm’s pattern of repeating billing entries word-for-word, in addition to a number of other improper billing practices, led to a 33% reduction in attorneys’ fees in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The Tetlocks’ filed a petition under the Vaccine Act as the administrators of the estate of Jennifer Tetlock, alleging […] Read More...

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After Gerrymandering Challenge Win, Plaintiffs Lose Out On 45% of Attorneys’ Fees

Posted On April 24th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A North Carolina federal judge slashed a fee request by 45% because of a number of billing errors and plaintiffs’ limited success. After partially succeeding in a gerrymandering challenge, plaintiffs requested $681,373.95 in fees, $14,960.24 in litigation expenses, $32,813.42 in expert fees, and $9,057.68 in taxable costs. The court reduced fees by […] Read More...

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Reputation for Excessive Billing Costs Lawyer Over $1 Million in Fees

Posted On April 10th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. The 7th Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to cut a fee request by over 70%, and in so doing held that lower courts can consult a lawyer’s history of poor performance and excessive billing when determining fee awards. A police officer won a $30,000 verdict in a workplace discrimination suit, and […] Read More...

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New York Court Slashes “Excessive” Fees in Half

Posted On March 27th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A firm’s practice of excessive billing led a New York court to reduce an attorneys’ fees and costs award by 52%. Plaintiff sued the City of New York and several NYPD officers, alleging, among other claims, excessive force. The jury found one of the officers liable for $175,000. Plaintiff, who was represented […] Read More...

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California Court Discovers Improper Billing Practices, Severely Cuts Fee Award

Posted On March 13th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A California fee dispute that resulted in a significantly reduced fee award highlights a number of improper billing practices. The case arose from a real estate dispute and was ultimately dismissed because of a multitude of discovery violations. Defendant subsequently moved for $511,279.65 in attorneys’ fees. The Court reduced the award by […] Read More...

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Texas Court finds Blatant Block Billing and Exaggeration of Billable Hours

Posted On February 27th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A Texas court recently cut a fee award by 35%, in large part because a firm demonstrated poor billing judgment by block billing and overstating the number of hours expended on the case. In Kiewit Offshore Services v. Dresser-Rand Global Services, Plaintiff, Kiewit, filed a breach of contract suit against Dresser-Rand. The […] Read More...

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Billing Improprieties Push Massachusetts Court to Slash Fees by 40%

Posted On February 13th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A Massachusetts fee dispute highlights the consequences of several improper billing practices, including block billing, charging for clerical work, and overstaffing. The case arose out of an employment dispute and resulted in a jury verdict for plaintiff, who subsequently moved for an award of $487,150 in attorneys’ fees and $83,639.64 in costs. […] Read More...

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Minnesota Court Refuses to Charge National Rates, Slashing Fee Award by 52%

Posted On January 30th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A court’s refusal to charge national billing rates in an attorneys’ fees dispute drastically reduced a fee award in 2017. Safelite v. Rothman, a Minnesota federal court case, arose out of enforcement and regulatory actions taken by the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) concerning plaintiff Safelite. In April 2015, Safelite sued the […] Read More...

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California Court Refuses to Award Fees for Supplemental Claims, Slashes Fees in Half

Posted On January 17th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A California court reduced a fee award by 53% to account for excessive billing practices, overstaffing, and segregation of claims. In Amusement Art v. Life is Beautiful, plaintiff Amusement Art filed a number of intellectual property claims against defendant Life is Beautiful. Plaintiff asserted various state and common law claims and federal […] Read More...

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Arizona Court Cuts Fees by 55% for Improper Allocation of Work and Excessive Billing

Posted On January 4th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A fee award in a 2017 District of Arizona case, Maricopa County v. Office Depot, Inc., highlights the importance of properly allocating work between experienced attorneys and associates and provides several examples of excessive billing. The case involved plaintiff Maricopa County’s purchase of office supplies from defendant Office Depot, with the Plaintiff […] Read More...

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