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That heat you’re feeling lately may not just be the summer sweltering. It may be from the fired-up prose in one of Loudoun County Judge James Chamblin’s opinions reported this week. The case is Davison v. FastComm Communications Corp. (VLW 097-8-276). It involves an indemnification agreement between a man and the company he worked for;…
Employment – ERISA – Health Insurance – Attorney’s Fees
A woman who won her lawsuit alleging her employer’s denial of health insurance violated ERISA’s anti-retaliation provision under 29 U.S.C. § 1140 and the Virginia Human Rights Act, wins attorney’s fees of $76,673 for the win and $33,140 for sanctions arising from defendant employer’s denial of health care coverage because of her sex; an Alexandria…
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…
NoVa Rate Chart Supports Lawyer’s Fee Request
Lawyers for a plaintiff who won her Title VII retaliatory discharge claim but lost her claims for sex discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, along with her state law tort claims, win a fee award of $559,572, which the Alexandria U.S. District Court says is 50 percent of their original request; although plaintiff’s claims…
Court’s Fee Award Less than ‘Laffey Matrix’
Lawyers based in Washington D.C. who won plaintiff Project Vote’s suit seeking expanded access to voter registration records, are not entitled to attorney’s fees based on their projected hourly rates ranging from $374 for associates up to $734 for partners, and the Norfolk U.S. District Court instead orders hourly fees ranging from $225 for associates…
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…
FLSA Settlement Upheld for 81-Percent Recovery
An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants the parties’ motion to approve settlement of plaintiffs’ suit for additional pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposed settlement requires defendants to pay plaintiffs $6,500 each to resolve all claims raised in this lawsuit. Plaintiffs raise essentially three different claims: that certain payroll practices employed by defendants…
No D.C. rates for D.C. lawyers, Norfolk court says
Washington, D.C. lawyers who won a pro bono voter records case can’t expect to recoup fees at D.C. rates, a Norfolk federal judge said last week. Lawyers from the D.C. office of Boston-based Ropes & Gray went to bat for Project Vote, who alleged that students at Norfolk State University had problems registering to vote…

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