Attorney Gets Caught Billing 20-Plus Hour Work Days

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Sep 302013
 

Several months ago Ben Swift, an attorney in the Dayton, Ohio area, made headlines as the “highest paid court-appointed attorney in the state of Ohio.”  He billed area courts for defense work to the tune of nine hours a day, seven days a week for 365 days straight.  According to records kept by the Ohio Public Defender’s office, Swift amassed $142,945 in appointed counsel fees between March 2008 and February 2009.

“’He’s probably billing more than humanly possible. That’s what it sounds like,’ said Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Nick Kuntz, whose court was responsible for 60 percent of Swift’s indigent case load.” Swift defended his hours saying, “We routinely put in 10-, 11-hour work days.” Continue reading »

Court Approves Attorneys’ Fees with a Lodestar Increase of 50 Percent

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Sep 242013
 

Recently, a million dollar settlement between a class of service technicians and their employer, Benco Dental Supply, was approved by a federal judge.  U.S District Judge Robert D. Mariani of the Middle District of Pennsylvania praised the work done by the class counsel, increasing the lodestar billing rate by 50%.

The class was comprised of nearly 70 technicians, who felt they were denied overtime pay under their contracts with Benco in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Benco had signed Belo contracts with its technicians, whereby the employees were paid a flat amount of 60 hours per week, regardless of how many hours they actually worked. Continue reading »

Penn State’s Legal Costs in Sandusky Scandal Surpass $49 million

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Sep 202013
 

As we reported at the end of 2011, the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal was supposed to cost Penn State a few million in legal fees, but the cost to date has now reached $49.4 million for legal and consulting services.  This recent figure represents work by more than three dozen firms that charged Penn State between November 2011 and June 2013. With the university providing monthly updates, this means that the cost has increased by almost $1.7 million since June of this year alone. Continue reading »

Five Years after Filing for Bankruptcy, Lehman’s Legal Fees Hit $2.2 billion

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Sep 192013
 

Lehman filed for bankruptcy in September 2008, and in the five years following, has amassed about $2.2 billion in legal fees.  In March 2012, Lehman emerged from Chapter 11 protection, but now only functions as a liquidating trust.  It has paid creditors $47.2 billion thus far, and is expected to pay creditors a total of $80 billion over the course of several more years. Continue reading »

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Ordered to Pay U.S. Contractor’s Legal Fees

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Sep 172013
 

On September 4, 2013 a federal judge ordered four Iraqis, former Abu Ghraib prisoners, to pay roughly $14,000 in legal fees to defense contractor, CACI, the company responsible for supplying the interrogators used by the U.S. Government at the prison.   In 2008, the prisoners brought a suit against CACI, alleging that CACI employees “directed the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.”  The suit was dismissed when U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee held that because the alleged acts took place on foreign soil, CACI was “immune from suit” in U.S. Court. Continue reading »