Federal Judge Railroads Million Dollar Fee Request

Posted On January 16th, 2019 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A plethora of improprieties in a million-dollar fee petition led a federal judge to slash the request in half. Owners of property along a 3-mile railroad right-of-way in Missouri sued the government for compensation under the Takings Clause after the government issued a notice that the property would be used as a […] Read More...

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Judge Sickened by “Outrageously Excessive” Fee Petition, Refuses to Award Any Fees

Posted On January 16th, 2019 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A Pennsylvania judge was so offended by the excessiveness of a fee petition that he denied it in full, referred the petitioning attorney for discipline, and suggested that she deserved to be disbarred. The case was a civil rights action that lasted ten years and originally involved many defendants and “a barrage […] Read More...

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Texas Appellate Court Rescues Vigilante from $300,000 in Attorneys’ Fees

Posted On December 4th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A Texas appellate court was troubled by a trial court’s grossly inadequate consideration of a large fee award, and remanded the case for reconsideration. James McGibney, who is a founder and operator of a number of “vigilante justice” websites, sued Neal Rauhauser alleging a number of defamation torts. The trial court dismissed […] Read More...

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Missouri Court Takes Care of Unhealthy Billing Practices, Reduces Fees by 39%

Posted On November 20th, 2018 by Legal Fee Advisors

By Zachary Kalmbach. A plethora of billing improprieties led a Missouri federal court to cut a fee request by nearly 40%. In the case, the plaintiffs claimed that certain Missouri healthcare statutes were preempted by the Affordable Care Act. The Court granted summary judgment for plaintiffs, after which plaintiffs sought $513,799.57 in attorneys’ fees. A […] Read More...

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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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