9th Circ. Vacates $1M Atty Fees Award In Asylum Bribery Suit

Law360 (April 17, 2019, 8:46 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit appeals panel on Wednesday sent a lawsuit over an asylum officer's alleged bribery and sexual misconduct back to trial court and ordered a California federal judge to reconsider her previous award of nearly $1 million in attorney fees in light of a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The three-judge panel said that when the trial judge made her decision on the fee award, the Supreme Court hadn't yet decided Goodyear v. Haeger, which set limits on judges' abilities to award attorney fees as a punishment rather than to simply make victims whole.

"In short, Goodyear clarified that when...

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