Attorneys who represented claimants trying to recover money seized by customs agents in violation of the USA PATRIOT Act will not be awarded fees. The 2nd Circuit said attorneys John P. Donohue and David B. Smith are not entitled to the $157,888 in fees -- almost one-third of the money seized from three couriers who were trying to board a flight from New York to Pakistan. The attorneys represented two of the three men convicted in the smuggling and contributing claimants who sought to fend off a forfeiture.
2nd Circuit Upholds Denial of Fees in Forfeiture Suit Involving Couriers
New York Law Journal
August 14, 2007