It’s All in the Details!

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Mar 252016
 

In Restivo v. Nassau County, there are four principal issues that the defendants brought forth to dispute the payment of attorneys’ fees (2015 WL 7734100 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2015)). First, they argued that the plaintiff’s attorneys’ staffing was unreasonable. The Court stated that the defendants did not produce any persuasive evidence showing any particular phase of the case was overstaffed; thus indicating if the defendants had provided some evidence of overstaffing, the court might have found in their favor.

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Copying Costs – How much is too much?

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Mar 182016
 

In a recent U.S. District Court case, it was determined that copying costs must be reasonably related to the litigation, and such costs for copies must not be excessive.  In Mars Area Sch. Dist. v. C. L., No. 2:14-CV-1728, 2015 WL 8207463, at *8 (W.D. Pa. Dec. 7, 2015), the Court ruled in favor of the School District on the basis that the opposing party did not provide an explanation of why so many copies were necessary.  The Appellee in this case sought reimbursement for 4,445 copies at a rate of $0.20 per page.  The argument was that the copies were exhibits needed for hearings.  However, only 70 pages of exhibits were submitted for the hearing.  No further explanation of why the remaining copies were needed was provided.  Therefore, the Court concluded ‘[w]ithout any cogent explanation having been provided . . . the number of copies is excessive,” and reduced the quantity for reimbursement to 1,000 copies.

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Attorney cannot refuse to provide a detailed description in motion for attorney’s fees on the ground that the information is protected by attorney-client privilege

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Mar 072016
 

In a recent case before the Unites States District Court, Northern District of California, the court denied an attorney’s fees motion for failing to include a detailed description of the work performed, even though it acknowledged that the attorney has “legitimate concerns” over disclosing privileged information.  See Venture Corporation v. Barrett, 2015 WL 8588239 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2015).

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Attorneys’ Fees Drastically Cut for Multiple Improper Billing Charges

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Mar 012016
 

In this case, the petitioner’s attorneys’ fees were reduced by $146,790.69 due to multiple improper charges. First, the Court reduced the petitioners’ counsel’s billable hours for administrative work. For example, the attorney spent 18.38 hours reviewing invoices, setting up meetings, and making travel arrangements and spent an additional 71 hours filing documents. Continue reading »