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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New York Court Slashes Fees by 60% for Inefficiencies and Excessive, Vague, and Block-Billed Time Entries

Posted On December 19th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A fee award in a December 2013 Southern District of New York case, Baez v. New York City Housing Authority, demonstrates several factors which can lead to a reduction to a fee award in fee-shifting cases.  Public housing tenants filed a class action suit against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), […] Read More...

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Despite Attorneys’ Voluntary Reduction in Hours Spent, Massachusetts Court Cuts Fee Request by 50%

Posted On December 5th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillian Robbins. When the City of Worcester adopted ordinances aimed at controlling aggressive panhandling, city residents claimed this constituted a violation of the First Amendment and sought injunctive relief and monetary damages. After making it all the way to the Supreme Court, the plaintiffs were victorious, and the law firm and governmental agency that […] Read More...

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After a 12-Year Battle Over Legal Fees, California Court Upholds a $21 Million Cut in Fees

Posted On November 21st, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillian Robbins. In 1978, Plaintiff Charles Woosley, a tax attorney, filed a class action lawsuit against the State of California, arguing that higher taxes on cars purchased out of state were unconstitutional. The Plaintiff finally achieved some success on his claims in 2005, but since then, he and the three law firms he employed […] Read More...

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Temp. Associates Performing Paralegal Work: SDNY Cuts Fees by $10 Million

Posted On October 31st, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillian Robbins. An investor was successful in a securities fraud class action against a Defendant bank that made misleading statements regarding their vulnerability to mortgage-backed security repurchase claims, and sought over $51 million in attorney’s fees. While the Southern District of New York recognized the complexity of the class action, it reduced the fee […] Read More...

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Blending of Claims and Vague Billing: South Dakota Court Cuts Fee Award by 45%

Posted On October 12th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillians Robbins. The victorious Plaintiff in a breach of contract and breach of warranty case against a piping company requested $352,283.14 in attorney’s fees and costs. The District of South Dakota found that because some of the firm’s invoices were too vague, and that the firm failed to segregate time for the state law […] Read More...

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Contemporaneous time records and a deceased attorney – a WDNY legal fee conundrum

Posted On September 21st, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillian Robbins and Emily Wilson. The employee-plaintiffs, in a successful ERISA violation claim against their defendant-employer, sought over $7.6 million in attorney’s fees in December 2016. The Western District of New York rejected Defendants’ argument that Plaintiffs were not entitled to any fees at all, but nonetheless reduced the amount of fees sought in […] Read More...

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Southern District of N.Y Applies a 70% Reduction to a Fee Request submitted at $4.3 million

Posted On August 31st, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Emily Wilson, contributions by Jillian Robbins and Erisa Qyra. A significant reduction to a fee award in a Southern District of New York case, Schoolcraft v. City of New York, demonstrates the importance of efficient billing practices.  The case was brought by a police officer against the City in regards to alleged violations of […] Read More...

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Court Carves 45% off Fee Request for Billing for Unrelated Tasks and Undescriptive Time Entries

Posted On August 10th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillian Robbins. The Northern District of Texas granted a Plaintiff’s motion for sanctions in the form of reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses as a result of discovery misconduct on the part of Defendants in March 2015. Shortly thereafter, the Plaintiff sought a motion to award such fees and expenses, seeking a total of $447,154.21. […] Read More...

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Law Firm Voluntarily Reduces Fees by 8%, Texas Court Takes an Extra 45% Reduction

Posted On July 13th, 2017 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Jillian Robbins. Plaintiff production company sued Defendant Yahoo for breach of an agreement relating to a promotional event for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. When Defendant prevailed on its summary judgment motion, but lost on various counterclaims, it sought $2,418,687.40 in attorneys’ fees and costs. In making the application for fees and costs, […] Read More...

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