Recently in award of attorney fees Category

April 20, 2008

How much would Jesus pay?

jesus.jpgHow much did the city of Slidell, Louisiana have to pay after losing a lawsuit about posting Jesus' portrait in the court house? $1, plus the ACLU attorney's fees. Slidell's Mayor Ben Morris didn't expect the legal fees to amount to much. He labeled the ACLU the "American Taliban," and added, "The ACLU doesn't usually have attorney fees." One local resident, responded to a local news story by pointing out that there was no proof that the individual in the portrait was actually Jesus, and that by banning the single portrait, the government was officially recognizing that image as Jesus -- therefore making it a "win for all Christians." After the ACLU filed suit, city officials added 15 additional portraits of historic and religious law-givers such as Confucius, Hammurabi, Moses, Charlemagne, Sir William Blackstone and Judge Judy (strike that). This new exhibit -- ruled not to violate constitutional standards -- was part of a strategy suggested by the organization providing the city's defense, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF).

April 14, 2008

Trump Towers; Lawyer Cowers - Not

trump2.gifHow much is Donald Trump suing his (former?) New York law firm for? $3 million. The Donald claims that the firm, Morrison Cohen, did unnecessary work in order to generate inflated bills. The dispute arose out of a lawsuit Trump brought against a contractor who worked on Trump National Golf Course. Morrison Cohen partner Y. David Scharf represented Trump in the lawsuit and won $2 million in damages and $1.3 million in attorney fees. The Donald reportedly paid $1 million in fees to the firm, which is now seeking an additional $470K in unpaid fees from the Great Comb-Over. Trump, who claims to have a "Ph.D. in legal fees," downplayed Scharf's victory in court, claiming, "We won the case because I'm a great witness."

Has The Donald tangled with his lawyers before? Former Morrison Cohen co-founder, Robert S. Cohen, who left to start his own firm in 2003, represented Ivana Trump in her attempt to overturn a prenup with Trump. Trump won that one.

What other Trump litigation is ongoing? DT's being sued for trademark infringement (for $4 billion) and age discrimination (by an Apprentice reject); and he's suing Palm Beach (over a flagpole) and Rosie O'Donnell over ... oh, whatever.

March 3, 2008

Enron redux: the hits keep on coming

michael-clayton-poster.jpgWhat do George Clooney and Kenneth Lay have in common? Nothing really... well, except for the fact that lawyers for defrauded Enron investors played a clip from George's movie "Michael Clayton" at their hearing requesting attorney fees. How much were the attorneys requesting in fees? A record $700 million. What percentage is that of the total settlement earned for investors? 9.5%. What happened to the founder of the firm seeking these record fees? He recently pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme in a different case (but will pull in millions from the Enron case). What did the self-effacing lawyer for the plaintiffs argue at the fee hearing? "This is an extraordinary case and we did an extraordinary job." When can we see the real story of Enron's collapse in a film drama? Soon to come with Leo in the lead.

January 15, 2008

Go ask your mom...

girl-at-computer.jpgHow much did a Texas man recover in attorney fees after prevailing in a lawsuit against the RIAA? $0. Why didn't the judge award fees? The RIAA spent six months trying to contact the man trying to determine who was downloading music illegally from his computer. He didn't respond and then accused the RIAA of "sue first, talk later." (.pdf) His lawyer claimed that the ruling would put a chill on RIAA downloading defendants. Who was downloading music from the man's computer? His daughter. (POS needed.)