Stricter Rules Prevail In Attys' Fee Awards: 4th Circ.

Law360, New York (January 26, 2012, 8:18 PM EST) -- The Fourth Circuit said Thursday that the Equal Access to Justice Act's mandatory-fee rules take a backseat to attorneys' fee rules under other statutes, upholding a decision denying fees to a company that defeated the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a Title VII suit.

Great Steaks Inc., a North Carolina restaurant operator, argued that it should have been awarded fees in the hostile workplace suit under the EAJA if not under Title VII, which sets a higher standard for recovering fees. But the appeals court found...
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