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By C.W. Nevius July 10, 2015
"Illston was not impressed. In her ruling, she said the plaintiffs’ lack of success led “the Court to believe that a large majority of the time spent was ‘excessive, redundant, or otherwise unnecessary.’” What’s more, she wrote, “plaintiffs failed to satisfactorily explain why Glitzenstein and Crystal, at $700 an hour or greater, spent so much time on this case. Most of the issues in this case were not complex. Yet the Washington, D.C., attorneys account for half of the attorney hours spent on the case.” So, you assume, that was the end of that. The institute didn’t win and the judge thinks the fees are excessive. Not so fast. Illston cut the amount, but still awarded $385,809, paid by San Francisco. A tidy sum for a losing effort.
Blogger and “enthusiastic but bad golfer” Mike Wallach was one of the first to pick up on this. In his blog, MW Mobile Blog, he created a post in 2013 headlined, “Why Sharp Park lawsuits will never end: We pay them to sue us.”
The press release quotes Bo Links of the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance echoing the feelings of most people hearing this story - with bemusement and incredulity: “It’s a head-scratcher... This is environmental litigation in Wonderland... they lose every motion they file, and their case is thrown out. And now they want the Court to order the City to pay their attorney’s fees?”
"In a curious twist in the long-running fight between anti-golf activists and San Francisco over the fate of the city’s historic public Sharp Park Golf Course, the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, Wild Equity Institute, and a handful of other groups filed a motion here today in Federal Court, asking the same Federal Judge who dismissed their lawsuit in December, 2012 to order the City of San Francisco to pay their legal bill of more than $1.3 Million... The Plaintiffs’ fee motion was filed under a provision of the Endangered Species Act that authorizes the Courts to award legal fees “whenever the Court determines such award is appropriate”. Plaintiffs seek payment for more than 2,000 hours of attorneys time, most of which are billed at hourly rates between $550 and $750."
Case No.: 3:11-CV-00958 SIPLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR AN AWARD OF ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND COSTS
According to Plaintiffs’ counsels’ contemporaneously maintained billing records, counsel have thus far spent the following number of hours on this case through January 31, 2013:
Brent Plater: 857.7 hoursHoward Crystal: 844 hoursEric Glitzenstein: 282.75 hoursShawna Casabier: 47.15 hoursKelli Shields: 217 hoursIn addition, paralegals spent 691 hours working on the case...
In light of that experience and background, Plaintiffs request the following rates for counsel: $750/hour for Mr. Glitzenstein; $700/hour for Mr. Crystal; $550/hour for Mr. Plater; $295/hour for Ms. Casebier; and $250/hour for Ms. Shields...
Applying the requested hourly rates to the number of hours for which recovery is sought, Plaintiffs are entitled to a fee award of $ 1,451,556. However, to account for any billing discrepancies, Plaintiffs are affirmatively reducing that request by 10%, to $1,306,400...
All of the listed attorneys are identified in the motion as "Attorneys for Plaintiffs". Since I have no idea how that breaks down between all the players in the WEBLEEDU Axis, let's just focus on the lead attorney - Brent Plater, President of Wild Equity Institute.For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiffs respectfully request that the Court grant their fee Petition and award fees in the amount of $1,306,400 and $59,409 in costs.
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