Calif. Hotel Owners Can't Duck $5M Attys' Fees Award

Law360, Los Angeles (September 24, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Monday refused to toss a $5 million arbitration award Wasserman Comden Casselman & Esensten LLP won from former hotel owners who didn't pay fees for their suit over business lost because of nearby construction, saying the arbitrators didn't have a conflict of interest.

Agreeing with a district judge, the appeals court decided the arbitrators didn't discover until after the award was issued that a non-Wasserman Comden attorney representing the firm in the inverse condemnation suit also worked with another firm involved...
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