The Campaign For DA

3.12.2015

We Have A Verdict


A federal court was occupied for almost two weeks for this? The NFL has always said it tried to settle this thing and there's no question they were willing to pay that a long time ago.

Question: Is the Plaintiff's lawyer entitled to recover attorney's fees over and above this because it is a breach of contract case?



"Today we received justice for my clients who were dumb enough to spend outrageous amounts of money on tickets for an NFL game in the first place.  And make no mistake about it, this $76,000 verdict sends a message to the NFL, which made $9.5 billion this year, that they can't abuse its fans, cover up domestic abuse, or ignore the impact of brain injuries. Oh, and camera guy, could you move a bit. My right side is my good side."*
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*Since this guy will sue over anything, let's be clear that this was not his actual statement. It probably should have been, but it wasn't.
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Edit: Based upon a very informed commenter, the NFL will not have to pay his attorney's fees which can happen in breach of contract cases. So was this a financial win for that lawyer? I can't possibly see how. There's no way his seven clients agreed to pay him by the hour. No way. So I would suspect he took a contingency fee. 40%? 33%?  But think about his expenses. First, he's from California. I bet his travel and hotel bills alone for the prep and actual trial of this case are astronomical. Throw in the cost for depositions (court reporters, videographers, transcripts) and other typical litigation costs, and the figure has to be real, real high.  And all that doesn't even factor in the amount of time he dedicated to this thing.  When all is said and done, it wouldn't surprise me if he ended up working for below minimum wage. Did he do it for publicity? Possibly. But can any of you name him? 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am sure the NFL payed that right then with pocket change.

Sam Brows said...

It is possible for the attorney to have recovered his attorney fees. However, he would have needed to have plead for that relief (way too lazy to go looking for his pleadings on PACER), proved those up at trial and overcome the hurdle with the jury (thereby convincing them to make such an award)that you so aptly pointed out: that they were much more inconvenienced than any of the plaintiffs. Finally, since this mess of a case was pending in Federal Court and since the NFL obviously made some effort to settle the case, it would be shocking if the league didn't make use of the Federal Rule 68 to try and stop the jury from making that award.

Anonymous said...

Give us a rough estimate of what his fee might be.

Anonymous said...

certainly both parties wasted more than 76k trumping up this meaningless trial. should have used the race card and you coulda added one more zero to that sum.

Anonymous said...

This was merely an advertising campaign for this attorney. If he never collects a cent from this case he will forever use this to his advantage. Litigous nutjobs will line up at his door from now on.

Anonymous said...

The NFL litigation team (one of whom is a friend) are thrilled with the verdict and consider it a victory.

Anonymous said...

Is his name Skippy Finch?