In today’s world, it seems like every merchant takes credit cards. Even most mom-and-pop fast food restaurants have abandoned a “cash only” policy.
As in so many other areas, however, things are not that easy in the legal profession.
WASHINGTON — Taking up a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case on an issue dividing the circuits, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a district court’s decision on the merits that leaves unresolved a request for contractual attorney fees is a “final decision” under federal law.
A lawyer could not enforce an attorney lien against a former client who negotiated a whistleblower settlement on his own, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming judgment.
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.