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California Affirms Denial of Attorney Fees to Out-of-State Counsel

July 17, 2015 | Posted in : Fee Entitlement / Recoverability, Fee Issues on Appeal, Fee Jurisprudence, Fee Reduction

A recent Metropolitan News story, “C.A. Affirms Denial of Attorney Fees to Out-of-State Counsel,” reports that The Fourth District Court of Appeal yesterday upheld an Orange Superior Court judge’s ruling that out-of-state attorneys who claimed to have worked hundreds of hours on a consumer class action were not entitled to attorney fees.

Div. Three said in an unpublished opinion that Judge Kim G. Dunning was correct in holding that, even in the absence of opposition, attorney’s fees may not be awarded to counsel who are neither members of the State Bar of California nor admitted pro hac vice.

The case is Golba v. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., G049611.