A New York appeals court has shot down a law firm’s bid to collect a “premium fee” on a divorce representation.

Sheresky Aronson & Mayefsky’s 2002 retainer agreement with Holly Whitmore had stated that the firm reserved “the right to discuss with you at the conclusion of your matter your payment of a reasonable additional fee to us, in excess of the actual time and disbursements, for exceptional results achieved, time expended, responsiveness accorded, or complexity involved in your case.”

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