The plaintiffs’ tab in a widely watched state secrets case has arrived. Whether it will ever be paid is still an open question.
Lawyers representing Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in a suit over illegal wiretapping are seeking more than $2.6 million in fees, the result of thousands of hours spread over several years, including a trip to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Lead counsel Jon Eisenberg requested that Northern District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker award him over $1.2 million, based on 2,497 hours at $506 per. That hourly rate is based on a standard fees matrix, adjusted to approximate Bay Area rates.
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