Reduction of Fees for Ambiguous & Non-Contemporaneous Time Sheets

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Jan 252016
 

Courts have the discretion to  reduce an award for attorney’s fees if the application is unreasonable or ambiguous and the hourly rate is not reasonable.   In a case from the US District Court for the District of Columbia, an award of attorney’s fees was reduced because the fee application contained “over-broad time increments,”  “ambiguity in time sheets,” and the hourly rate was unreasonable.

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Court Reduces Solo Practitioner’s Fee Award for Overqualified Work and Sloppy Billing Practices

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Jan 182016
 

Courts will deny excessive attorney’s fees, and expect law firms to bill tasks at a reasonable rate, regardless of who performs the task. In a recent decision out of the Second Circuit, an Eastern District Court made an across-the-board cut of 33% to a solo practitioner’s award for fees because the attorney was overqualified for some of the tasks performed and also provided vague work descriptions.

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