Brandon v. Guilford County Board of Elections

Eight voting citizens of Greensboro, N.C. successfully challenged a 2015 law that redrew their City Council district and got an injunction prohibiting the County Board from enforcing the law. Can they recover their attorney’s fees from the Board? District Court: The Board didn’t write the law, it declined to defend the law, and it stipulated to a bunch of facts to streamline the litigation; special circumstances justify denial of fees. Fourth Circuit (over a dissent): Fee awards are about compensating the attorneys, not punishing bad actors. Pay up.

Tags: 2019, Attorney's Fees, Civil Rights, Fourth Circuit

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