Ninth Circuit Affirms Fee Determinations Upon Review.
In In re Thomas (Thomas v. Namba), 2012 WL 1008654 (9th Cir. Mar. 27, 2012) (unpublished), the Ninth Circuit affirmed a bankruptcy court’s remand award of fees where counsel “de-lumped” block billed entries, but nonetheless still applied a 10% reduction to remaining lumped fees for which compensation was sought. In addition, even though many bankruptcy judges will disallow or allow with a greatly reduced hourly rate any requested compensation for counsel travel time, the bankruptcy court’s determination that the travel time was reasonable and necessary was sustained in toto under the circumstances at play.
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