Tuesday, February 3, 2009

$42,000 Sanction Award Reduced by 8% Due to Quarter Hour Billing Increment

The court reduced the amount of sanctions awarded for repeated discovery misconduct by eight percent (from $42,923.75 to $39,489.85) because plaintiff's counsel billed time in quarter-hour increments. "The Court finds that quarter hours inherently enhance the amount of fees and do not reflect the hours reasonably worked, compared to one-tenth hour increments."

Classified Cosmetics v. Del Laboratories Inc., 2-03-cv-04818 (CACD January 28, 2009, Minutes).

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