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The motion for attorneys’ fees and costs in the above matter is granted June 27, 2001.

OPINION SUR MOTION for ATTORNEYS’ FEES and COSTS

The determination of a reasonable attor ney’s fee for a prevailing party under a fee shifting statute generally is a disagreeable and tedious task, especially wher e the fee petition is vigorously contested and the petition is in behalf of numerous lawyers who worked on the appeal. The fee motion before us claims over 550 hours of attor ney time expended exclusively for work on the appeal. W e are required to analyze the motion and supporting data to ascertain whether the amount claimed is reasonable. The motion is especially troublesome because in this single issue appeal, ten lawyers represented the plaintiffs and claim compensation for not only an aggregate of 550.13 hours of service on the appeal, but an additional claim of 25.68 hours for services expended on the fee petition. The total sum claimed is $100,996.40 in attorneys’ fees and $648.74 in costs.

 
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