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No D.C. rates for D.C. lawyers, Norfolk court says
Washington, D.C. lawyers who won a pro bono voter records case cant 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…
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 cant 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…
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. Dept of Labor , former airline official Stacy Platone appealed the Department of Labors reversal of her whistleblower award, one of the few whistleblower wins…
Fees Awarded Under Contract, Rule 11
An Alexandria U.S. District Magistrate Judge awards attorneys fees of $137,725 under a lease agreement and a guarantee of the lease agreement, which both include a provision for attorneys fees for the prevailing party in an action to interpret the lease or guarantee; the court also awards attorneys fees under Rule 11 for counsels failure…
Lawyer Gets Fees for Support Enforcement
A defendant who agreed to sponsor his mother as an immigrant from Rwanda with his I-864 Affidavit of Support is ordered to pay $10,153 to make good on that promise after his mother suffered a stroke and was hospitalized before she died, and the Alexandria U.S. District Court awards the guardian who sued to enforce…
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…
Retirees Win Attorneys Fees on ERISA & LMRA Claims
Plaintiffs who won their suit alleging defendants could not unilaterally terminate or modify retiree healthcare benefits under certain collective bargaining agreements are entitled to attorneys fees of $882,236.31, according to a recommendation from a magistrate judge of the Abingdon U.S. District Court. Plaintiffs seek an award of attorneys fees and expenses in the amount of…
Trendspotting 2011
Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to present our annual exercise in crystal-balling and tea-leaf parsing, our Trendspotting issue. We identified five different areas of interest The Marketplace, Law Practice, The Courts, Technology and Case Law. Each day last week, one of our editors took a topic and, in a piece published on our website,…
Important Opinions 2010
JANUARY * FEBRUARY *MARCH * APRIL * MAY * JUNE * JULY * AUGUST * SEPTEMBER * OCTOBER * NOVEMBER * DECEMBER JANUARY Attorneys $36 Million Fee Awarded in Accounting Fraud Case An Alexandria U.S. District Court awards NoVa lawyers almost $40 million in attorneys fees and costs in a class action accounting fraud case…

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