here to read Judge Shubb's decision in the National Grange
of the Order of the Husbandry vs. California State Grange d/b/a
"CSG" (US District; E.D., CA) 9/9/16 awarding our client,
the National Grange $144,715.70 in attorney's fees.
The district court held that the National Grange was entitled to
reasonable attorney's fees in connection with our motions for
contempt and additional injunctive relief that we filed against
Defendant earlier this year, which resulted in the issuance of a
sweeping April 20 injunction order.
This amount was awarded "because there was 'significant
evidence' the (Defendant) willfully and deliberately continued
to infringe (the Grange's) trademark rights and engage in
unfair competition against (the Grange) following the Court's
September, 2015 injunction.
In his 23-page decision, Judge Shubb focuses primarily on the
amount of the award, and whether our request for $154,230.80 was
reasonable in view of our hourly rates and time expended. The
court agreed that our firm's rates were reasonable, but reduced
the rate of our Los Angeles local counsel to a rate reasonable
under Sacramento prevailing rates.
It is extremely rare for litigants to receive the full amount of
attorney's fees requested, and the fact that we were able to
recover 94% of our fees is a strong signal from the court as to its
willingness to punish Defendant for its wrongdoing, as well as a
recognition of our efficiency in litigating this action.
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