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‘Empty-handed’ Plaintiff Can’t Win Fees

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a party that loses a civil rights case on the merits cannot recover attorney fees, even if it wins a preliminary injunction in…

Exxon Valdez’s Next Stop is High Court

Litigation in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case will come to an end if the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a punitive-damages appeal.

About 22 percent of the…

KPMG Fee Ruling Spurs Dismissal Motion

Ex-employees of KPMG who battled to force the accounting company to pay their legal fees will ask a judge to dismiss the criminal case against them.

Judge Lewis Kaplan of…

Public-Interest Lawyers Seek Fee Rehearing

Lawyers and public-interest groups want the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision limiting attorney fees in public-interest cases.

Groups supporting the motion for a rehearing include…

Convicted Ex-Qwest CEO Seeks Legal Fees

The former CEO of Qwest Communications contends the company should continue to pay legal fees related to insider trading charges.

Joseph Nacchio, convicted of insider trading last month, claims the…

Ambiguous Retainer Equals No Fee

A federal judge has ruled that New York law requires a lawyer’s ambiguous retainer agreement to be read in favor of the client.

As a result, Barry Fredericks won’t be…

More Law Firms Charging Fixed Fees, Study Says

Cisco Systems Inc. spurns hourly billing arrangements by its law firms, spending about 75 percent of its legal budget paying fixed fees.

The company is a leader in alternative billing,…

Davis Polk Not Liable for Malpractice

New York’s highest court has ordered a real-estate investment company to pay the $1.4 million outstanding balance of a “success fee” charged by Davis Polk & Wardwell.


Legal Fees Add Up for Politicians

Politicians and political groups caught up in investigations and lawsuits have paid more than $2 million in legal bills in the first quarter of 2007, according to the

Madam Needs Lawyer But Can’t Sell Client List

An alleged Washington, D.C., madam with some 15,000 clients over the years had her assets confiscated as part of an ongoing federal prosecution. So, unable to fund her legal defense…

Scrushy Makes Deal with SEC, But Can He Pay?

The former CEO of HealthSouth will pay $81 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Richard M. Scrushy will forfeit $77.5 million and pay a…

Witnesses Support Fee of $11,000 an Hour

Witnesses defended a lawyer’s request for $11,000 an hour in fees in a trade secret case before a Florida judge yesterday.

Big Settlement Exports U.S.-Style Litigation

In a legal milestone that could portend big bucks for plaintiff lawyers in future cases – and a steady stream of defense fees for those on the other side of…

$100 Million Sanction Sought Against Motorola

The lawyer for a defunct technology company that sued Motorola for stealing trade secrets is seeking a $100 million sanction and $93 million in attorney fees.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Willie…

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