The case, Perdue v Kenny A., involved a challenge to Georgia's foster care system. The U.S. district court judge added extra money for the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees onto the original award because of the extraordinarily positive results that the attorneys achieved. The 11th Circuit declined to overturn the decision.
Should judges be allowed to make merit-based awards of attorneys' fees? Will this encourage more effective representation, or just open the judicial system up to judicial subjectivity and favoritism?