Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Paralegal Fees Case

The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari to Richlin v. Chertoff. This case will consider whether paralegal services can be recovered at the market rate when determining the payment of attorneys' fees. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the Equal Access to Justice Act permits only the reimbursement of paralegal services as the cost of the expense to the attorneys rather than as fees at the market rate. A decision in this case would resolve a split among the circuit courts of appeal.

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