Fla. Agriculture Dept. Calls $4.2M Fee Award Unreasonable

Law360, Miami (September 12, 2013, 10:30 PM ET) -- The Florida Department of Agriculture told a state appeals court Thursday that a judgment granting nearly $4.25 million in attorneys' fees in a class action over the department's removal of thousands of residential citrus trees was unreasonable and did not comply with state law.

The trial court should have awarded the fees according to a sliding percentage scale of the benefits achieved by counsel, and the award should have been capped at about 25 to 30 percent of that figure under the Florida Rule of Professional...
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