Police officer Michael Harrington sued after getting snookered out of $44.63 in overtime pay. He later settled for $10,500 and sought about $46,000 in attorney fees. If that seems out of proportion, Los Angeles' 2nd District Court of Appeal agrees with you. The court reduced the fee award to $500. "At the risk of understatement," Justice Miriam Vogel wrote last week, "there is no way on Earth this case justified the hours purportedly billed by Harrington's lawyers."
Court: 'No Way on Earth' Attorney Fee Request Justified
March 5, 2008