Ninth Circuit Remands Case Over Low Attorneys' Fees

Law360, New York (March 7, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court has weighed in on the value of employment lawyers’ time by rejecting a lower court’s calculation for attorneys fees in a retirement lawsuit against Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., saying the hourly rate was too low.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the $250-per-hour rate agreed upon by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California wasn't sufficient. It also said the court erred by imposing a 20% across-the-board reduction in hours due to block billing....
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