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4th Circuit on Laffey-based fee (again)
The 4th Circuit is no fan of the Laffey matrix, a scale used to award attorney’s fees in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. But the court said in a new federal workers’ comp case that the matrix could be a starting point for awarding fees to a D.C. lawyer who won LHWCA benefits for nuclear…
Labor – Overtime Pay – FLSA – Attorney’s Fees
An Alexandria U.S. District Court rejects use of the Laffey Matrix to determine a fee award for plaintiff employees of group homes for disabled clients, who are entitled to attorney’s fees as prevailing parties under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and awards plaintiffs $36,000 in attorney’s fees and $408 in costs. Defendants correctly contend that…
Consumer Protection – Credit Reports – Identity Theft – Attorney’s Fees – Hourly Rate
A woman who spent years trying to get Equifax credit reporting service to correct her credit reports, and who lost the chance for a home mortgage and suffered emotional distress, has her damage award of $200,000 for Fair Credit Reporting Act violations affirmed, but the 4th Circuit remands for recalculation of the $268,652 attorney’s fee…
Fees Reduced for Duplicate Work
In the wake of defendant AOL’s $5 million offer to settle class claims by AOL members who allege defendant violated electronic privacy laws by releasing for download 20 million search queries conducted by people using over 600,000 AOL screen names, the Alexandria U.S. District Court declines to award fees in the amount requested by class…
Cost adjustment in lawyer’s fee award
A mortgage borrower won over $11,000 in attorney’s fees in his suit alleging a lender failed to timely notify him his loan had been transferred. Won Kim sued under the Truth in Lending Act, and after he accepted an offer of judgment for $4,001, his lawyer asked for fees at an hourly rate of $500….
Fees Awarded After Survey of NoVa Fees
In recent cases awarding attorney’s fees to lawyers in Northern Virginia, a range of analyses shows fees as high as $709 per hour under the Adjusted Laffey Matrix for lawyers with the years of experience of those who won this Miller Act contract case, and the Alexandria U.S. District Court approves the more modest $295…
Contract – False Claims Act – Attorney’s Fees – Vexatious Suit
A qui tam action filed by a former employee of government contractor IIF Data Solutions, which resulted in a defense verdict after a seven-day trial, was “clearly frivolous and vexatious” and an Alexandria U.S. District Court awards the contractor $501,546 in attorney’s fees and costs. Plaintiff, a former employee of defendant IIF Data Solutions, sued…
Environmental – Clean Water Act – Attorney’s Fees
Two civil plaintiffs, nonprofit organizations dedicated to the protection of American waterways, who successfully sued the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedures Act, are entitled to $273,411 in attorney’s fees under the fee-shifting provision of the CWA and the ESA, as well as $14,960 in…
Employer wins in whistleblower cases
Employers got some good news Dec. 3 when the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released two Sarbanes-Oxley decisions that favored the businesses. In the first case, Platone v. U.S. Dep’t of Labor, former airline official Stacy Platone appealed the Department of Labor’s reversal of her whistleblower award, one of the few whistleblower wins since…
NoVa lawyers using ‘rate chart’ to get fees
Attorneys handling complex civil litigation in Northern Virginia are making use of a new benchmark to win higher fee awards from federal judges, including a 2011 award of more than $4 million. U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee has twice accepted guidance from a survey of rates charged by Northern Virginia firms that handle…

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