Afghan Co. Blasts US Contractor's 9th Circ. Fee Bid

Law360 (April 2, 2019, 7:19 PM EDT) -- An Afghan construction company urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to dump a U.S. contractor's bid for nearly $92,000 in attorney fees, arguing the appeals court's January decision overturning the Afghan company's $1.07 million arbitral award isn't the end of the case.

ECC Centcom Constructors LLC doesn't qualify as a "prevailing party" under California law for the purposes of assessing attorney fees just because the U.S. company got the arbitral award tossed, the Afghan subcontractor, Aspic Engineering and Construction Co., argued Monday.

The appeals court didn't hand ECC a "final judgment" as defined by California law, but rather ordered the parties...

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