Settlement Agreements and Attorneys' Fees (Prison Legal News v. Schwarzenegger)

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.



9:31 AM

James Chasse is why younger attorneys like me will bother when we're done being assistant public defenders.

The good news is that I don't listen to many of the old-timers unless they're talking about trial strategy, war stories, or scotch.


10:44 AM

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