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Lawyer is awarded $1 in attorney fees, matching jury award in case of snatched pen

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Civil rights lawyer Jeffrey Rothman’s lawsuit against the city of New York and two police officers wasn’t a total loss.

In a decision filed Nov. 30, Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York awarded Rothman $1 in attorney fees, matching the $1 award that he had received from a jury in a lawsuit stemming from rude treatment and a snatched pen. He received an additional $862 in costs.

The New York Post and the New York Daily News have coverage.

“Once upon a time,” McMahon wrote, “we urged people not to make too much of real but petty grievances by saying, ‘Don’t make a federal case out of that.’ This lawsuit was a violation of that principle writ

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Ga. Judge Rips Law Firm’s Atty Fees Bid In Insurance Row

Law360 (November 30, 2020, 7:53 PM EST) — A Georgia federal judge on Monday criticized a Kansas law firm’s attempt to collect almost $400,000 in attorney fees from an insurance company following a settlement in an underlying jail construction dispute, questioning the timing of the case.

U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen said the firm, Ron D. Beal PA, sat for years and did nothing to try to get $378,662 in attorney fees from Connecticut-based Hartford Fire Insurance Co., a subsidiary of The Hartford. Then the firm venue-shopped for its contract breach claim and chose Georgia solely because of its applicable six-year statute of limitations, he said during a…

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Criminal Bar diversity will be hit by debt, low fees and pandemic, young barrister warns

A young barrister raised by a single mother on a London council estate has warned that diversity at the Criminal Bar is at risk of going into reverse because of the impact of the pandemic.

Alejandra Llorente Tascon said that long trial delays caused by the crisis meant that junior colleagues were facing increasing financial hardship as payments for their work were being held up for increasing lengths of time.

She warned that this was compounding the existing difficulties caused by the low fees they received and that rising numbers of young criminal barristers were finding it impossible to continue as a result.

Ms Tascon, 27, who was brought up on the Patmore Estate in Battersea and attended local state schools after coming to London from Colombia at the age of nine, added that the trend threatened to deplete the Criminal Bar of talent from less affluent backgrounds.

She said

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Amount of legal fees not disclosed in proposed Flint water settlement


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was at the Michigan premiere of Michael Moore’s new movie, and spoke about rising awareness of lead-in-water issues in U.S.

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LANSING — How much of the proposed $641.25-million Flint drinking water settlement would go to pay attorney fees and costs has still not been disclosed in documents filed in federal court early Wednesday.

That means it still is not publicly known how much would be distributed to Flint residents who were impacted by the lead poisoning of the city’s drinking water supply, which began in April 2014.

How much of a proposed $641.25-million settlement arising from the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water would go to attorneys has still not been disclosed. (Photo: Detroit Free press)

If attorneys were to seek one-third of the total settlement — which is the cap on attorney fees referenced in a proposed notice to class members —

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State drops transfer law appeal, to pay $10,000 for Plain Local’s attorney fees

The state has dropped its appeal of the state school territory transfer law that would have allowed Hills and Dales residents to leave the Plain Local School District.

a passenger bus that is parked on the side of a road: School buses leave Oakwood Middle School in Plain Township. Plain Local has won its federal lawsuit and has once again prevented Hills and Dales residents from transferring to Jackson Local Schools.

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School buses leave Oakwood Middle School in Plain Township. Plain Local has won its federal lawsuit and has once again prevented Hills and Dales residents from transferring to Jackson Local Schools.

Attorneys representing the state Board of Education filed notice Wednesday in the 6th District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that they are voluntarily dismissing the appeal of U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson’s decision, which declared Ohio Revised Code 3311.242 unconstitutional. The court accepted the state’s withdrawal of its Oct. 14 appeal on Thursday.

More: Ohio school board appeals territory transfer case involving Plain Local

More: Federal judge sides with Plain Local, strikes down state school transfer law

Instead of the appeal, the

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Columbia law firms can get $75 million in disputed legal fees for plutonium deal

A court order freezing a $75 million fee that S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson awarded two Columbia law firms for purported legal work in a state-federal plutonium dispute has been lifted.

The order was lifted late Wednesday afternoon by state circuit Judge Alison Lee and allows Columbia law firms Willoughby & Hoefer and Davidson Wren & DeMasters to begin spending the $75 million however they see fit.

The funds had been temporarily frozen by Lee in response to a citizen activist lawsuit that raised questions about exactly what the two law firms did to earn a fee of that magnitude and whether Attorney General Wilson had sole authority to disburse that money.

In her 14-page order, Lee said that Wilson — who worked for the Willoughby & Hoefer law firm before being elected Attorney General in 2010 — had the authority to disburse the money to the law firms.

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