Recent federal court decisions establish a “virtually insurmountable” standard for determining fees for out-of-district counsel that will “rob some civil rights plaintiffs of the only representation they can find,” insists a broad coalition of 30 public interest organizations and private law firms.

An amicus brief filed Thursday on behalf of the group by the Brennan Center for Justice and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison asks the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for en banc consideration of the standard adopted in Lochren v. County of Suffolk, 08-2723-cv, and Simmons v. New York City Transit Authority, 575 F.3d 170 (2009).

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