A Fairfax Circuit judge has ordered a Northern Virginia lawyer and his client to pay the attorneys’ fees and costs of two defendants they sued in a residential real estate tangle. Total price tag: About $272,000.
Judge Jonathan C. Thacher called the litigation “vindictive” and chided the lawyer and client for taking a claim to trial when it had no chance of success. The plaintiff nonsuited as the judge was considering a motion to strike; he took that motion under advisement while considering a second motion on sanctions.
He granted the defendants the lion’s share of the attorney’s fee they sought. In doing so, the judge found that the practice of “block billing” was reasonable.
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