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EEOC Ordered to Pay Attorneys’ Fees to Prevailing Defendant

Since this case comes out of the Northern District of Iowa, I figured my post needed a picture of a corn field to make it complete. The other option was a picture of me in high school during the one year I lived in Cedar Rapids. However, I made the executive decision that a picture of me with bangs,...

Prevailing Employer in Wage Case Can Only Recover Attorneys’ Fees if Claim Was Brought in Bad Faith

Employers may recall recent publicity in California over the extent to which an employer may recover its attorneys’ fees after prevailing in a wage and hour action. This is because Labor Code section 218.5 on its face provides that the prevailing party in any action brought for nonpayment of wages...

Court Upholds Large Judgment Against EEOC For Bringing Frivolous Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in EEOC v. Peoplemark , 732 F.3d 584, No. 11-2582 (2013) recently affirmed a judgment against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the sum of $751,942 for attorney fees and costs sought by Peoplemark, which claimed that EEOC’s action...

Ninth Circuit Approves $700,000 Attorney Fee Award In FEHA Case Even Though Jury Awarded Plaintiff Damages of Only $27,000

Last week, the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Muniz v. UPS , holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in awarding the plaintiff close to $700,000 in attorneys' fees, even though the plaintiff's damages recovery was only $27,000 and the defendant defeated the majority of...

US Supreme Court Rules That Fund’s Appeal of Merits Ruling Is Untimely

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a federal district court’s decision on the merits that left unresolved a multiemployer pension fund’s request for contractual attorney fees is a final decision subject to immediate appeal under 28 U...