Court Strips Green Groups Of Attorneys' Fee Winnings

Law360, New York (June 11, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court panel has overturned an award of attorneys' fees to Citizens for Better Forestry and 11 other environmental groups, saying they could not be considered prevailing parties in their case against the U.S. Department of Agriculture because they never received a formal declaratory judgment or other relief.

In a 2-1 decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a “favorable judicial statement of law,” as the plaintiffs achieved here, could not substitute for a “form of judicial...
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