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Chavez v. City of Los Angeles, No. S162313

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By FindLaw Staff on January 15, 2010 12:28 PM

In plaintiff's action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), court of appeals' reversal of trial court's denial of plaintiff's motion seeking an attorney's fee award of $870,935.50 is reversed where: 1) Code Civ. Proc. section 1033(a), interpreted according to its plain meaning, gives a trial court discretion to deny attorney's fees to a plaintiff who prevails on a FEHA claim but recovers an amount that could have been recovered in a limited civil case; and 2) in light of plaintiff's minimal success and grossly inflated attorney's fee request, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying attorney's fees.     

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Appellate Information

Filed January 14, 2010


Opinion by Judge Kennard

For Appellant:   Law Office of Rochelle Evans Jackson, Rochelle Evans Jackson; Law Office of Melinda G. Wilson and Melinda G. Wilson

For Appellee:   Rockard J. Delgadillo, City Attorney, Paul L. Winnemore and Beth D. Orellana, Deputy City Attorneys

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