Justices Wary Of Enhanced Fees For Exceptional Work

Law360, New York (October 14, 2009, 6:15 PM EDT) -- The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have expressed skepticism about whether judges should be allowed to increase fee awards for exceptional performance by pro bono plaintiffs attorneys in civil rights cases, raising concerns about how such enhancements can be applied and justified.

During oral arguments on Wednesday, several justices said they were worried that allowing judges to hand out enhanced fees in such a way seems ripe for abuse and appears difficult to justify to taxpayers, who foot the bill for the fees.

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