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Court opinions issued Oct. 27, 2015

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Citizens for Ethics & Responsibility in Wash. v. U.S. Dep't of Justice (D.D.C.) -- awarding plaintiff $32,865.19 for attorneys' fee and costs in connection with its request concerning John Ensign, former Senator from Nevada. The court reduced plaintiff's request for $64,327.40 after determining that plaintiff relied upon an inappropriate matrix to calculate hourly attorney rates, that a portion of plaintiff's fee motion was unsuccessful, and that plaintiff failed to adhere to standards for contemporaneous timekeeping.  

Piccone v. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (E.D. Va.) -- determining that USPTO performed a reasonable search for records concerning its investigation of plaintiff, an attorney who the prosecuted cases before the agency even though his law license had been suspended.  

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