Party Awarded Fees Prevailed, Plus Block Billing No Obstacle Where Apportionment Not Required.
In Kern Water Bank Authority v. Grayson Service, Inc., Case Nos. F069806/F070549 (5th Dist. Feb. 3, 2016) (unpublished), litigant in a contentious lease dispute recovered $396,031 out of a requested $566,930. The Court of Appeal affirmed. It found that the successful litigant did achieve its main litigation objective by obtaining a lease surrender result. As far as amount of fees was concerned, the other side litigated vociferously so that it no complaint could be truly waged as far as what was awarded. Finally, block billing was present but was not objectionable per se given that the claims were interrelated—with no apportionment or discount necessary.