Attorneys who represented claimants trying to recover money seized by customs agents in violation of the USA PATRIOT Act will not be awarded fees.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said attorneys John P. Donohue and David B. Smith are not entitled to the $157,888 in fees they sought — almost one-third of the money seized by customs agents in September 2002 from three couriers who were trying to board a flight from New York to Pakistan.

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