WASHINGTON – A vaccine injury victim whose claim is time-barred under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act can still recover attorney fees because the claim was reasonable and made in good faith, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
A $1.5 million award of attorney fees in a coupon-based settlement of a consumer class action violated the Class Action Fairness Act, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.
Attorney fees awarded to a disability discrimination plaintiff could be reduced because of the inexperience of her lawyer at the inception of the lawsuit, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled in reinstating a 20 percent fee cut.
WASHINGTON – The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court scrutinized wording of the federal vaccine compensation statute Tuesday in an effort to determine whether claimants whose petitions are dismissed as untimely can still recover attorney fees.
WASHINGTON – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing successful defendants in civil unfair debt collection claims to be awarded attorney fees and costs without a showing that the plaintiff brought the claim in bad faith will likely spur lawyers on both sides to take a harder look at cases early in the litigation process.
A prevailing defendant in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case could be awarded costs without a finding that the lawsuit was brought in bad faith and for the purpose of harassment, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 7-2.
A $35.5 million class settlement of consumer claims should not have been approved without fuller consideration of whether it could have been structured to provide a greater direct benefit to class members, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.
The amount at stake in a lemon law case should have been considered in determining the reasonableness of attorney fees to be awarded under the lodestar method, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in reversing a $230,000 fee award.
The Social Security Act authorized an award of attorney fees to a claimant who succeeded in having his case remanded for further consideration by the Social Security Administration, the 5th Circuit has ruled in reversing judgment.
State law did not permit a law firm to file a foreclosure action to collect a statutory attorney fees lien, the Illinois Appellate Court has ruled in affirming a dismissal.