Were assessed attorneys’ fees an abuse of discretion?
Abstract: Did a district court go too far when it assessed a plaintiff more than $750,000 in attorneys’ fees? That was the question at the heart of a recent discrimination case. As this article shows, the appeals court determined that the case wasn’t groundless when filed, because of statements that had been made by one of the defendant’s representatives. But, once it became clear through discovery that those statements were inaccurate, the plaintiff should have reassessed its claims. The district court’s award of fees was upheld. EEOC v. Peoplemark, No. 11-2582, Oct. 7, 2013 (6th Cir.)