Confronted with Excessive Hours and Overstaffing, Massachusetts Court Slashes Fee Request by $1.2million

Posted On May 24th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillian Robbins. The victorious Plaintiffs in an unpaid wages case and bankruptcy proceeding sought attorneys’ fees of $2,245,932.61 for the legal aid society and a large law firm that worked on their case. However, a Massachusetts Superior Court closely scrutinized the number of hours the attorneys worked, and found them to be wholly unreasonable, […] Read More...

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New York Court reluctant to deviate from the lodestar method

Posted On May 4th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Sarah Chin. In the Eastern District Court of New York, a group of plaintiffs filed a motion for attorney fees of $829,885.00 in a wage discrimination action under the Equal Pay Act, the New York Equal Pay Act and Nassau County Government Act. Plaintiffs acknowledged that although the requested fees could be $214,208.35 if […] Read More...

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New York Attorneys’ Fees Cut in Half Due to Too Many Attorneys and Excessive Hours

Posted On April 13th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillian Robbins. The victorious Plaintiff in an excessive force and due process claim requested a total of $976,958.70 in attorneys’ fees and costs. In February, 2017 the Eastern District of New York substantially denied the application, and cut the request in half, awarding only $426,571.45 against the Defendants, citing excessive staffing and hours by […] Read More...

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New York Court gives Benihana’s fees a chop

Posted On February 23rd, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Emily Wilson. Benihana, the cult Hibachi chain frequented by New Yorkers and others across the country, was embroiled in a licensing dispute in the Southern District Court of New York with the similarly named Benihana Tokyo (“BOT”), whereby Benihana sought an injunction to enforce the terms of a license agreement against BOT. With Benihana […] Read More...

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A 30% reduction in fees warranted by the New York Federal District Court, slashing fees for legal research and multi-teaming

Posted On February 2nd, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Sarah Chin. In a case involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State Human Rights Law, the plaintiff brought an action against Rite Aid for, amongst other things, discharging him from his job as a pharmacist on account of his phobia of needles. With the plaintiff succeeding, the Northern District Court […] Read More...

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Colorado Court finds that Efficiencies of Scale Should Reduce Attorney Time

Posted On January 12th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Erisa Qyra. A reduction to a fee award in a Federal District Court of Colorado’s case, Shabazz v. Pinnacle Credit Services LLC, demonstrates the Court’s concern with excessive attorney’s fees caused by inefficiencies. The Court found that the Plaintiff’s fee request was excessive due to the fact that the litigation, regarding a routine Fair […] Read More...

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Hourly Rates Reduced and Reductions Made by New York Federal Court for Attorney’s Lack of Billing Judgment

Posted On November 11th, 2016 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Kristen Sisko In a Title VII retaliation dispute, the Western District of New York Court reduced fees submitted on a fee petition finding that the hourly rates sought by counsel were higher than rates typically allowed in the context of this type of litigation; the fees reflected excessive staffing; counsel did not exercise sufficient […] Read More...

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Southern District of Ohio: An insufficient list of emails results in their exclusion from the fee award

Posted On November 3rd, 2016 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Tejan Arora In September, 2014, the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, affirmed a magistrate judge’s recommendation excluding an award for attorney fees in a civil rights case for time expended in drafting and sending over 2,000 emails due to the attorney’s failure to provide adequate time billing records. A further 75% across-the-board reduction […] Read More...

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New York Federal Court reduces fees by 40% for unnecessary and excessive work and vague block billed entries

Posted On October 27th, 2016 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Kristen Sisko The Southern District of New York made an aggregate reduction of 40% to a motion for attorneys’ fees, finding that the hours billed by the firm in representing the U.S. Bank National Association, reflected unnecessary and excessive work, contained insufficient details and were block billed. Pursuant to an escrow agreement between the […] Read More...

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Good billing practices can go to waste if the rates charged are too high

Posted On August 4th, 2016 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Emily Wilson A New York court has reduced an award of fees by approximately 50% in a commercial tenancy dispute case, Thor 725 8th Avenue summary judgment against the Goonetillekes for $2million after the couple had breached several terms of a contractual guaranty. The Court then reduced Thors’ fee motion of $309,212 for reasons […] Read More...

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