Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Case on Attorneys' Fee Awards

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals today decided Friolo v. Frankel, which will be known as Friolo IV because it is the fourth appeal of this case on the issue of attorneys' fees in a wage payment and collection case under Maryland law.

The opinion is here.

It is likely that none of the parties in the case are happy with the result. According to Plaintiffs' counsel, they have billed hundreds of thousands of dollars in this case, but were only awarded a fraction of those fees. Defendants have spent similar amounts and the result of the case requires that they pay Plaintiffs the original (small) judgment in the case and more than four times that much in legal fees to the Plaintiffs' counsel.

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