Enhanced Fee Awards Should Be Rare: Justices

Law360, New York (April 21, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that judges may increase fee awards for exceptional performances by pro bono plaintiffs attorneys in civil rights cases, but only in rare instances, and has reversed a lower court's enhanced fee award on the grounds that the judge did not adequately explain his reasoning.

The high court ruled Wednesday that Judge Marvin Shoob of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia did not provide enough information about why he decided to award $10.5 million to attorneys who...
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