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Judges may enhance an attorney fee award based on “the superb quality” of the prevailing lawyers’ performance, but only in extraordinary circumstances. See “Court limits judges’ ability to boost attorney fees” U.S. Supreme Court. Perdue v. Kenny A., No 08-970, ...

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High Court hears oral arguments in ‘sexting’ case

WASHINGTON - In a case that could have far-reaching implications for the way workers use cell phones and other equipment supplied by their employers, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on whether a police officer had an expectation of privacy in personal (and sexually explicit) text messages sent on a pager issued to him by the city.

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The most polite justice

WASHINGTON - When attorneys step up to the podium to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, they never know what to expect from the justices, who often interrupt and interject in such a way as to make it hard for counsel to get a word in edgewise. But when Justice John Paul Stevens leans forward to speak, counsel can always expect a different approach.

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