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ALIOTO WINS THE LATEST ROUND IN MCCOY FEUD Chalk up another win for San Francisco attorney Angela Alioto in a long-running fee feud with Waukeen McCoy. On Friday, San Francisco’s First District Court of Appeal rejected McCoy’s claims to about $2 million in attorneys fees, while upholding an award of more than $31,000 in costs and nearly $40,000 in fees to Alioto. McCoy, a San Francisco lawyer as well, had sued Alioto for breach of contract and malicious prosecution, arguing that she violated an oral agreement by not paying him fees of 25 percent for a year’s work on a huge racial discrimination case against Interstate Brands Corp., maker of Wonder Bread. Alioto won a judgment of $132 million in 2000, a year after McCoy claims he was kicked off the case. The case later settled for a reported $25 million. McCoy, who is black, had also accused Alioto, who is white, of racial discrimination against him. The court found no merit in any of McCoy’s arguments, including a claim to quantum meruit damages for the services he rendered during what the court dubbed a “professional relationship.” “The [trial] court noted,” Justice William McGuiness wrote, “that several witnesses testified that McCoy had done ‘little if anything,’ there were no billing records presented which otherwise itemized the hours McCoy spent on the case and McCoy never identified any portion of the record that would allow the trial court to evaluate the details of a quantum meruit claim.” Justices Joanne Parrilli and Peter Siggins concurred. The unpublished ruling is McCoy v. Alioto, A102945.

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