Nicholas Toscano

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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Legal Fees and the Media: The Motor City Amassing High Legal Fees in Media Management of Bankruptcy Case

 Posted by at 9:06 am  Bankruptcy, Court Decisions, Interesting Fee Cases  Comments Off on Legal Fees and the Media: The Motor City Amassing High Legal Fees in Media Management of Bankruptcy Case
Aug 132014
 

As reported by the Detroit Free Press, the law firm currently representing Detroit’s retirees in the current bankruptcy case is being “challenged for its practice of charging thousands of dollars for media relations services.” The law firm, Dentons, has billed the city of Detroit $3.16 million in the first quarter, with about $27,000 per month “to monitor media coverage, prepare summaries of media coverage and to respond to press reports.” Continue reading »

FEMA Faces Potential Record Breaking Legal Fees As a Result of Hurricane Sandy

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Aug 082014
 

It’s been 22 months and the residents of New York and New Jersey are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy, specifically the policyholders whose homes have yet to be repaired.  About 400 residents in New York and 450 in New Jersey are suing the government for giving insufficient insurance payments from a plan that offers a maximum of $250,000 in coverage.  This issue has led FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to face a record high in legal fees.  Continue reading »

Attorney’s Fees Awarded in New Jersey Rent Control Political Dispute

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Aug 062014
 

“The city of Hoboken must pay attorney’s fees to a pro-rent control group that fought for a referendum to overturn a city ordinance that weakened the rights of tenants in rent controlled apartments.” The New Jersey Supreme Court decided in favor of awarding about $70,000 to the lawyer’s representing the Hoboken Fair Housing Association. The Court stated the reasoning for awarding attorney’s fees was under an interpretation of the Civil Rights Act. The Court believed that the “civil rights of the voters in Hoboken were violated.” Continue reading »

Milwaukee Archdiocese Too Broke to Pay $5.8 Million in Legal Fees

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Aug 062014
 

After four years, the debate of whether or not the Milwaukee Archdiocese can afford its legal bills continues.  Although the church claims it’s too broke and even filed for bankruptcy in 2011, the creditors’ attorneys say “the archdiocese’s bank accounts regularly contain more money than the archdiocese predicted.”   Continue reading »

Legendary Stan Lee-gal Fees: Disney Lawyers Shock Court’s Conscience with Grossly Excessive Fees in Stan Lee Media’s Copyright-Infringement Suit

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Aug 012014
 

A Colorado federal court awarded Disney half of its requested legal fees in Stan Lee Media’s copyright-infringement suit against it.  U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez awarded Disney $239,941 of the “’grossly excessive’” $461,882 total requested. “’It shocks the court’s conscience that defendants would bill almost half a million dollars, or 900 hours, on a case with minimal discovery that was resolved on a motion to dismiss,’ the judge wrote.” Continue reading »

Politicians Dipping into the Campaign Kitty for Legal Fees to Defend Against Scandals

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Jul 252014
 

As reported by the Daily News, New York State lawmakers have spent $7.5 million of campaign funds on legal fees since 2004. Furthermore, $300,000 alone was spent in the last “six months from political campaign accounts to cover legal fees stemming from multiple scandals.” The use of campaign funding to pay for defending oneself from scandals is not illegal under New York law. However, “how much of New York’s job growth can be attributed to the need for ever-increasing numbers of lawyers to defend state politicians?” Continue reading »

$1 Million Mistake: District’s Failure to Conduct EIR May Cost It Almost $1 Million in Legal Expenses

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Jul 222014
 

The Alliance for Responsible Neighborhood Planning successfully sued Burlingame Elementary School District, a Pennsylvania public school, for failing to prepare a comprehensive environmental impact report resulting from construction of Hoover Elementary School. The Alliance for Responsible Neighborhood Planning is seeking $996,482 in legal expenses related to the suit. “’An award of fees and expenses is warranted…because petitioners succeeded in enforcing an important right that significantly benefited the general public and/or a large class of persons, and the necessity and financial burden of private enforcement are such as to make the award appropriate,” according to the motion filed by the alliance’s attorney Kevin Haroff on Tuesday.” Continue reading »

Hazleton Immigration Law Causes the City to Possibly Face $2.8 Million in Legal Fees

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Jul 212014
 

Attorneys who challenged Hazleton’s Illegal Immigration Relief Act in a U.S. Supreme Court case are now seeking $2.8 million in legal fees.  In 2006, Hazleton’s immigration ordinance stirred up controversy as it “penalized businesses that hired illegal immigrants and landlords who rented to illegal immigrants.” Continue reading »