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September 6, 2017

Federal Judge Denies “Abusively Excessive” Attorney Fee Request

As reported by ABA Journal, a Pennsylvania federal judge has denied a nearly $1 million attorney fees request on a bad-faith insurance claim that recovered $125,000.

U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion called the request “abusively excessive,” “astounding,” “exorbitant,” and “mind-boggling.” Judge Mannion found the way by which the lawyers counted the hours worked on the case to be “flabbergasting to the court” and “disturbing.” There were no records kept on hours worked on the case, so the attorneys had to reconstruct time logs. Judge Mannion said this process amounted to a “guess.”

The plaintiff’s lawyers sought $900,000 in fees, which then grew to over $1.1 million after winning a bad-faith insurance claim in the fall of 2015. 

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