The lawsuit, which was filed on June 29, 2004 by Nichole McDaniel and Lessie Davies, challenged strip search practices at the Schenectady County Jail. The various attorneys in the suit spent more than 1000 hours working the case over a three-year period, for which they requested 26% of the total settlement, or $650,000. On November 5, 2007, in its final decision and order approving the $2.5 million settlement of the suit, which was signed on July 31, 2006, the court granted attorney fees totaling only $461,031.21.
On appeal in the 2nd Circuit, the district court’s ruling in regard to attorney fees and expenses was judged to be within its discretion and typical of similar litigation. See: McDaniel, et al., v. Schenectady County, 595 F.3d 411 (2nd Cir. 2010).
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McDaniel v. Schenectady County
|Cite||595 F.3d 411 (2nd Cir. 2010)|
|Level||Court of Appeals|