Feds Slam Enviros' Atty Fees Bid In Offshore Permit Case

Law360 (September 4, 2019, 4:32 PM EDT) -- The Environmental Defense Center and another group that successfully blocked fracking permits for offshore California are prematurely seeking attorney fees, inflating their billing, and seeking reimbursement for matters on which they lost, the federal government told a California federal court.

Not only did the EDC and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper ask for attorney fees before a slew of complicated issues can be hashed out on appeal, but their request also represented an inflated bid to recover money that should never be the taxpayers' obligation to pay, the government said in a Tuesday brief opposing the groups' fee request.

The environmental groups' hourly rate...

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