What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their settlement agreements:
We must decide whether, and to what extent, the publisherof a monthly prison news magazine may recover attorneys’ fees from the State of California and various of its officers for monitoring their compliance with a settlement agreement resolving claims about prison conditions.Prison Legal News v. Schwarzenegger (CA9) (here). Answer:
The work of PLN’s attorneys monitoring the state officials’ compliance was not only “performed after the time the Settlement Agreement [was] signed,” but also “spent on substantive issues related to [the] Agreement.” There can thus be no question that PLN’s pursuit of fees for that work under § 1988 is consistent with the terms of the agreement.