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Defenbaugh v. JBC

Topic(s): Attorney Fees
Status: closed
Date Of Involvement: 03/24/2005
Docket: 04-16866

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In this case, plaintiffs were awarded attorneys’ fees and costs after settling an FDCPA class action. Defendants claimed the fee was unreasonable and appealed to the Ninth Circuit. We wrote the appellee’s brief for consumer lawyers in California, arguing that the district court did not abuse its discretion in using the lodestar method to calculate fees, in determining the number of hours reasonably spent on litigation, or in finding counsel's hourly fees reasonable. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the award of fees and costs.