Slashing of Lawyers’ Fees in California BMW Lemon Case Affirmed

April 2, 2020, 7:27 PM

A California law firm overbilled for its work on a successful lemon-law case against BMW of North America LLC and a dealership, so reducing its fee award from nearly $350,000 to about $96,000 was proper, an appeals court in the state ruled.

Lead trial counsel Christine Haw of Strategic Legal Practices PC in Los Angeles litigated Lorik Mikhaeilpoor’s simple lawsuit inefficiently, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, said Wednesday. Despite the firm’s experience handling hundreds of auto defect cases in California, “an astonishing array of 10 different attorneys litigated this case, with multiple attorneys staffed at different times,” the ...

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