Fed. Circuit Says EAJA Legal Fees Must Use Local Costs

Law360, Washington (March 13, 2017, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Awards for attorneys’ fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act must be calculated based on the location where the work was done, a Federal Circuit panel said Monday in a precedential ruling.

The federal circuit rejected a veteran’s widow’s claim that ambiguity in the statute allows her to adjust upward the hourly rate for calculating attorneys’ fees in a benefits suit based on the consumer price index in Washington, D.C., where the case was heard but little other work was done.

Instead, the panel ruled...
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