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A federal judge has upheld a jury’s $40,000 verdict in a race discrimination suit against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, but slashed the attorney fees requested by a lawyer after finding that he billed at too high a rate and charged for work that related to six other cases.

In his 33-page opinion in Dowd v. SEPTA, U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner concluded that attorney Olugbenga O. Abiona is not entitled to $350 per hour, but rejected SEPTA’s argument that the rate should be reduced to $150.

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