Lawyers Get 25 Times What Their Client Did

December 06, 2013

A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld nearly $700,000 in attorneys’ fees in a case where the client received $27,280. The defendant company argued that the fees should be much lower, considering the plaintiff lost on most of their claims. From The Recorder:

"There is a disparity between the damages recovered and the fees awarded," wrote Senior District Judge James Singleton of Alaska, sitting by designation. "We are not convinced that California law requires the trial court to reduce that disparity." Joining his opinion in Muniz v. UPS, 11-17282, was Circuit Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain.

The plaintiff’s lawyers in the case were actually asking for much more, but the court thought the $1.95 million request was excessive.