Friday, July 12, 2013

Arbitration Resolves Fee Fight

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's denial of a motion to vacate an arbitration award that had resolved competing claims to attorneys' fees in a California litigation.

There were several attorneys and firms involved in the underlying case, which was a class action that alleged age discrimination against television writers over the age of 40.

The unhappy attorneys had filed a motion to vacate the award in California, which was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. 

They renewed their attack in the District of Columbia, claiming that the arbitrator had exceeded his authority and denied them due process. The arbitration outcome was defended by other involved attorneys.

Here, the court found no basis to vacate the arbitral decision.

If nothing else, the lenghty court opinion is a testament to how complicated things can get when lawyers are fighting over their share of a fee. (Mike Frisch)

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