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Attorneys’ Fee Awards Can Exceed Fees Actually Billed

John Cu 
John Cu
July 24, 2014

Sayers Properties III, Inc. v. Rankin, 2014 WL2192362 (Cal.App.1st District)

Plaintiff sued defendants for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty arising out of defendants’ representation of plaintiff in a construction defect case, which lasted over seven years. After the court granted the defendants’ nonsuit motion, defendants sought their attorneys’ fees as the prevailing parties pursuant to the attorney-client fee agreement, in the amount of $843,245.27 (2,324.5 hours of attorney and paralegal time spent defending the construction case).

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