Lawyer Sanctioned in Fee Dispute

Keeping contemporaneous time records in cases where fee-shifting is allowed just makes sense.  Not keeping such records does not make sense.  And, if the allegations against one attorney are correct, a lack of candor about whether such records were kept can cause  a big, expensive mess.

Result?  A forfeiture of a fee claim of $2,000,000 and a sanction of $25,000. 

Plaintiff’s lawyers don’t like to keep up with time.  Admittedly, it is a pain in rear to do so.  But the fact of the matter is that the amount of time spent in a case is a relevant – not determinative – but relevant factor in determining the the reasonableness of a fee in a fee-shifting case and  the lack of contemporaneous time records in such cases is always going to cost you money.