Finding that Brian Puricelli's courtroom work was "artful" in securing a $430,000 verdict in a civil rights suit, but that his written work was laden with typographical errors, a Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge has ruled that his court-awarded fees should be paid at two rates -- $300 per hour for the courtroom work, but $150 per hour for the pleadings. Judge Jacob P. Hart seemed almost amused as he described some of the writing as "nearly unintelligible."
Judge Slashes Lawyer's Rate for Typos, Careless Writing
The Legal Intelligencer
February 25, 2004