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Ethics & Attorney Fees

United States Federal Circuit, 04/06/2011
Avgoustis v. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, No. 2010-7092
In a dispute involving a claim of attorneys fees as a prevailing party under the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. section 2412(d), denial of recovery for certain items involving client communications, on the ground that the statements did not describe the purpose of the activity sufficiently to determine if the charges were reasonable, is affirmed because requiring a general descriptions of the items would not violate the attorney-client privilege. Read more...

California Court of Appeal, 04/05/2011
In re Tobacco Cases, No. D056589
In a dispute involving an alleged breach of a consent decree by defendants and the award of attorney fees under Civil Code section 1717 judgment of the trial court is reversed where section 1717 applies to the relevant consent decree and the court used an incorrect legal standard in determining the prevailing party under Hsu v. Abbara. Read more...

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