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CASE ENTRY

Vargas v. Howell

Ninth Circuit: It was unreasonable for the district court to “mechanical[ly]” reduce an attorneys’ fee award by 90% just because the plaintiff settled for 10% of the amount he originally sought. The judge needs to give a better explanation. Dissent: Our case law on this is inscrutable, the judge did a good job navigating it, and you’re just making more work for trial court judges.


Tags: 2020, 42 USC 1983, Attorney's Fees, Ninth Circuit

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