1st Circ. Reinstates Fee Award For Whistleblowers' Atty

Law360, New York (October 18, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has found that a lower court abused its authority in limiting the legal fees of an attorney who represented two whistleblowers in a criminal probe involving environmental violations allegedly committed by oil tanker company Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Monday reversed the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts' decision to disallow Beaumont, Texas, attorney Zack Hawthorn from collecting $25,000 for representing John Altura in whistleblower compensation proceedings,...
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