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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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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