Court Reduces Attorney’s Fees Due to Poor Communication and Unnecessary Motion Practice

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Nov 102015
 

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a partial award and partial denial of attorney’s fees in a case against Unum Life Insurance Company over long term disability coverage (Ciaramitaro v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 14-1248, 2015 WL 5933503 (6th Cir. Oct. 9, 2015), affirming Ciaramitaro v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 13–CV–10268, 2014 WL 320077 (E.D.Mich. Jan. 29, 2014).  The plaintiff was awarded long-term disability benefits after being injured on the job. She sued the claim administrator for the disability plan (Unum) alleging that under the plan she should also receive a life insurance benefit, but that she had received no information about this coverage. Ms. Ciaramitaro was found to be entitled to the benefit, and she sought penalties and attorney’s fees.

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Attorney’s Fees Reduced for Recycled Work Product and Overbilling for Minor Tasks

 Posted by at 9:41 am  Court Decisions, Interesting Fee Cases, Overbilling  Comments Off on Attorney’s Fees Reduced for Recycled Work Product and Overbilling for Minor Tasks
Nov 042015
 

A new case out of the Eastern District in California shows the kind of cuts courts can make to attorney’s fees based on the experience of the attorney and the complexity of the task. Moore v. Watkins, 2015 WL 5923404, (E.D. Cal. Oct. 9, 2015) is an appeal of a default judgment entered in an ADA case asking for $6,183.74 in fees. Continue reading »