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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46469 Chief Judge Scullin TEAMSTERS PREVAILED in their action against United Parcel Service Inc. under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. As the prevailing party, plaintiffs moved for attorney’s fees and costs pursuant to Rule 54(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and �502(g)(2) of ERISA. The Northern District of New York awarded more than $1 million in legal fees and expenses to plaintiffs’ lawyers and upheld the prevailing district rate of $175 per hour for the most experienced attorneys. The court also approved a $200-per-hour fee for a lawyer with particular expertise, and approved quarter-hour billing, although the Southern and Eastern district courts have articulated a clear preference for tenths-of-an-hour billing. The court further reimbursed travel time at half the hourly rate, and maintained the local policy of disallowing reimbursement for computerized legal research costs.

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