The Great Rate Debate: Judge Declines to Factor Overhead, Firm Size Into Award for Attorney's Fees

, Texas Lawyer


Should judges award lower fees to lawyers who have lower overhead? Not according to U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew W. Austin of the Western District of Texas, who referred to "the pomposity" of the defendants' arguments in a recent order. Austin awarded $340,000 in attorney's fees and costs to the plaintiffs in a Fair Labor Standards Act case, Ransom, et al. v. M. Patel Enterprises, et al. Edmond Moreland, a partner in Wimberley's two-lawyer Floreani & Moreland, represents the plaintiffs.

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