No Playing Around: California Court Cuts Fee Request by 37%

Posted On November 6th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A California federal court has laid out a number of reasons for significantly reducing a request for attorneys’ fees. The case arose from a homeowners’ association’s adoption of a “no sports play” rule, which prohibited children under the age of 14 from being in the complex’s common area without adult supervision, and […] Read More...

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Ruff Decision for California Lawyers—Court Slashes Fees by Nearly 70%

Posted On October 23rd, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. In a case that should give future fee petitioners paws, a California appellate court affirmed a massive fee reduction involving holding periods at a dog shelter. Plaintiff’s dog was impounded at a county dog shelter and adopted after the shelter applied a four-business-day holding period. Plaintiff attempted to retrieve the dog, but […] Read More...

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Warning to Attorneys: Don’t Block Bill! Mississippi Court Slashes $1.2M Fee Request in Half

Posted On September 25th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A federal court in Mississippi slashed a fee request in half because of improper billing practices such as block billing. This fee dispute stems from a years-long, “extremely contentious litigation” between KLLM Transport Services (“KLLM”) and JBS Carriers (“JBS”). KLLM alleged that JBS tortuously interfered with KLLM’s trucking contract with a chicken […] Read More...

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In Massive Fee Clash, Billing Blunders Cost Attorneys $1.8 Million in Fee Reductions

Posted On September 11th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A federal court in Nebraska made substantial reductions to a fee request to account for a plethora of billing errors. Defendants, Werner Enterprises and Drivers Management, operated a student driver program for new truck drivers. Plaintiffs filed a class action seeking compensation for unpaid wages allegedly earned during off-duty time spent on […] Read More...

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Timekeepers Beware: Block Billing, Other Errors Costs Firm Over $400k in Legal Fees

Posted On August 14th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. To account for block billing and several other billing inefficiencies, an SDNY court reduced a million-dollar fee request by over 40%. In a breach-of-contract case between Benihana, Inc. (“BI”) and Benihana of Tokyo, LLC (“BOT”), a panel of arbitrators found that BI’s termination of BOT’s license had not been justified. Ten months […] Read More...

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Chipotle Dodges Millions in Legal Fees After Settling Employment Class Action

Posted On July 31st, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. Finding that a massive fee request was vastly disproportionate to a settlement, a Minnesota court slashed plaintiffs request by over 80%. In an FLSA case, plaintiffs attempted to certify a nationwide class, but the court limited the class to employees from only two restaurants. With the parties settling for $62,000, plaintiffs requested […] Read More...

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New York Court Rejects “Limited Financial Means” Argument, Refuses to Reduce Fee Award in Facebook Live-Streaming Case

Posted On July 17th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. In May 2016, a man (“plaintiff”) publicly live-streamed on Facebook a 45-minute video of his partner giving birth to their child. Various news outlets (“defendants”) reported on the video and used very brief excerpts of the video in their news reports. Plaintiff sued defendants, alleging violations of the Copyright Act. The Southern […] Read More...

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Pennsylvania Court Tosses “Absolutely Opprobrious” Fee Request

Posted On June 19th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A Pennsylvania judge threw out an entire fee petition after a line-by-line review convinced him that the petition was “outrageously excessive.” Plaintiff brought an action to recover benefits under his automobile insurance policy, and included a bad faith claim. The first claim settled, and a jury entered a verdict for plaintiff on […] Read More...

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California Court “Troubled” by Blatant Block Billing and “Exceptionally Vague” Entries, Slashes Fees by 68%

Posted On June 5th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A 2017 California fee dispute demonstrates gross instances of inadequate billing practices. The civil rights action began in 2007 and originally involved 12 claims against 16 defendants. In March 2017, a jury found one police officer liable for excessive force, awarding damages in the amount of $350,000, and plaintiff subsequently moved for […] Read More...

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Abundance of Billing Errors Lead Ohio Court to Slash Fees by Nearly 60%

Posted On May 22nd, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. An Ohio court substantially reduced a fee request to account for a plethora of billing improprieties and billing for time spent “taking the Court and defense counsel in circles.” Plaintiffs’ alleged several employment claims against defendants, several of which were dismissed and the rest settled. Plaintiffs requested $1,026,316.10 in fees and $102,325.72 […] Read More...

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