Granular Fee Opinion From Southern District, Reducing Hourly Rates from $250-400 to $225-295, and Reducing Fee for Low Success
District Judge Larry Alan Burns, in Gold v. NCO Financial Systems, Inc., No. 09cv1646-LAB (CAB), 2010 WL 3339498 (S.D. Cal. Aug. 23, 2010) (slip op.) considered a fee motion after defendant’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 68 offer of judgment was accepted. The court, in a quite granular opinion, reduced the requested hourly rates of $250-400 to $225-295. The court also reduced time for block billing, intra-office communication, and unnecessary work. Id. **3-4. Comparing the fees to the $3,000 judgment achieved for plaintiff, the court reduced the fee award by 1/3 to $6,207.43. The court reduced the costs from a requested $2,406.51 to $71.