Monday, June 05, 2006

Eighth Circuit Finds No Abuse of Discretion in 20% Reduction in Attorney’s Fees

Per Simpson v. Merchants & Planters Bank, 441 F.3d 572 (8th Cir. Mar. 20, 2006):

We review the district court's award of attorney's fees for abuse of discretion. Hensley, 461 U.S. at 437, 103 S.Ct. 1933. Most of the other claims that Simpson brought were either voluntarily dismissed or were disposed of on summary judgment. The claims that proceeded to trial were for constructive discharge (based on sex and based on disability) and for Equal Pay Act violations. We cannot say that the twenty-percent reduction was an abuse of discretion, and we therefore, affirm.


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