Weekly Wrap Up 9/30

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Sep 302011
 

A Sampling of Legal Fee Articles from Around the Internet…

Madoff Trustee Suffers Blow – (Thomson Reuters) –  Irvin Picard, attorney from Baker Hostetler, suffered a blow in his attempt to recover funds from the owners of the New York Mets, throwing out 9 of 11 counts, and more importantly at least $614 million dollars out of the $1 billion dollars he was attempting to collect. Continue reading »

Overbroad TARP – US Plan Found to Be Covering Excessive Legal Fees

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Sep 292011
 

The Troubled Asset Relief Program is feeling some heat today after a report criticizing the payment of law firms was released. The Special Inspector General for TARP questioned $8.1 million of the 9.1 million dollars in billings from four law firms that were utilized. Continue reading »

Legal Fees Associated with the NBA Lockout Continue to Rise

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Sep 282011
 

The AmLaw Daily recently considered just how much the NBA Lockout will cost in legal fees.  While negotiations have consumed most of the off-season, the league has now postponed training camps and over 40 preseason games. Discussions between owners and the players’ union surrounding a new collective bargaining agreement have been moving slowly, if at all, causing related legal costs to climb.  Continue reading »

Hendrix Estate Award & Attorneys’ Fees Reduced by Over 90%

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Sep 272011
 

The Jimi Hendrix estate has recently had a jury award of 1.7 million dollars for trademark infringement thrown out by a Federal District Court Judge in Seattle.  Judge Thomas Zilly reduced the award to $60,000, refusing to award treble damages and modifying an injunction in order to provide for fair use rights. Continue reading »

Former News of the World Editor Suing News International for Not Paying His Legal Fees

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Sep 262011
 

CBS News reports that Andy Coulson, a former tabloid editor and media aide to the British prime minister, is suing News International for refusing to pay his legal fees.  Coulson was an editor for News of the World but resigned when a phone hacking scandal came into the media forefront. He was among those arrested for connection with the scandal and has since been represented by the law firm DLA Piper. DLA Piper has stated it has begun legal proceedings against News International, headed by media-mogul Rupert Murdoch, for their apparent repudiation of an agreement to pay Coulson’s legal costs.   Continue reading »

Weekly Wrap Up 9/23

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Sep 232011
 

The latest in newsworthy legal fees stories…

Brits Contemplating Legal Fees Reform (Insurance Journal) – A number of British insurers and retailers have thrown their support behind a bill to adopt reforms to various systems to reduce frivolous claims. The  “Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill” is currently in the House of Commons, where they hope to pass by October. Otto Thoreson, the Director General of the Association for British Insurers, noted “‘[Excessive fees] is not irreversible. Other countries have taken action and we must do the same. Excessive legal costs must be reduced. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill provides a much-needed opportunity to mend our broken compensation system to ensure a better deal for genuine claimants, taxpayers, local authorities, the NHS and businesses alike’”, http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2011/09/06/213665.htm   Continue reading »

Proposed Bill Would Amend New York Law on Attorneys’ Fees in Class Action Lawsuits

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Sep 222011
 

Thomson Reuters recently reported that a current bill before Governor Andrew Cuomo, if signed, would allow New York attorneys who successfully challenge settlements on behalf of individual plaintiffs in class action lawsuits to be awarded legal fees for their services. The bill would permit courts to award fees to attorneys whose work benefits an entire class. The bill, which passed both houses of the legislature, would reverse a 1975 law. Presently, attorney’s fees may be awarded only for “representatives of a class.” This means that lawyers who represent class members who disagree with the settlement agreement cannot be awarded attorney’s fees.  Continue reading »

Teachers Union Paid Almost $500,000 in Legal Fees to Union President’s Son

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Sep 212011
 

According to the Texas Watchdog, the Houston Federation of Teachers, the largest teachers union in Houston, has paid nearly $500,000 in legal fees over a four year period to the union president’s son, James Fallon III. In comparison, the union paid approximately $520,000 to five other law firms during that time, according to documentation filed with U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, the union paid $232,000 to its own general counsel during the same time period.  Continue reading »

Mercer Island $94K Attorney Fee Award to be Paid by City Funds

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Sep 202011
 

The Mercer Island Reporter recently reported on the outcome of a pending suit that will affect the city’s taxpayers. U.S. District Court Judge James Robart has orded the City of Mercer Island to pay over $94,000 in attorneys’ fees to a plaintiff in a wrongful termination suit. In mid-July, Londi Lindell had been awarded $1 million in damages against the Washington Cities Insurance Association for her wrongful dismissal. During the course of her lawsuit, Lindell claims that the city withheld or delayed providing documents in violation of the Public Records Act. While the city was ordered to pay a fine of more than $90,000 related to the document issue, Lindell incurred attorney fees.  Continue reading »

Former Greenberg Traurig Partner Sentenced to Six Years for Billing for Work He Never Performed

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Sep 192011
 

A Chicago attorney recently plead guilty to theft in connection with overbilling a client for work he never performed. The ABA Journal reported that Mark McCombs, a former partner of Greenberg Traurig, was sentenced to six years for billing Calumet Park at $600 per hour, for work that was never done, over the course of several years. The work that was never actually performed cost the small community more than $1 million. Continue reading »