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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46628 Judge Lynch AN OPINION addressed two magistrate judge reports and recommendations with respect to applications for attorney’s fees by different sets of defendants, as well as a letter received from plaintiffs requesting a status conference and the opportunity to examine various documents and exhibits in the case file. The instant court rejected the magistrate judge’s recommendation of an award of $20,689 in attorney’s fees and costs to defendants, and reduced the award to $100, taking into account material apparently not in the record before the magistrate judge. The court noted that the award of attorney’s fees would be merely one more blow to which plaintiffs’ obsessive litigation tactics have exposed them. The court found that the sworn statements submitted by plaintiffs go far to establishing financial hardship and that both plaintiffs complain of a variety of disabling medical conditions, which clearly create extraordinary expenses and interfere with plaintiffs’ earning additional income.

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