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Saturday, March 29, 2003

Helmsley Gets to Pay More In Attorneys Fees, Than Award

I have previously noted the results of the lawsuit brought by a former employee of a Helmsley hotel, who convinced a jury that he had been discriminated against because he was gay. Now the court has awarded his counsel over $600,000 in attorneys fees. See the Daily news story. Its less than a 1/3 of what the lawyers requested, but more than the actual amount of the reduced verdict to the plaintiff. The second time this week we have reported on cases where the biggest winner was the plaintiff's counsel, not the plaintiff.


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