The motion for fees filed by Bob Dascola’s attorney in his successful election lawsuit against the city of Ann Arbor has now been filed with the federal court. The ruling of the federal court, made on May 20, 2014, was that the city charter eligibility requirements were not
constitutional enforceable, which put Dascola on the Ward 3 city council Democratic primary ballot for Aug. 5, 2014.
In the June 6, 2014 filing, attorney Tom Wieder has asked that the court award him fees for 93.25 hours of work at $400 per hour for a total of $37,300. Another $425.50 in costs for filings and document retrieval from the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) system brings the total amount the city would owe to $37,725.50.
The 93.25 hours of work is itemized in 57 specific increments in spans of time ranging from 15 minutes to 9.75 hours. The number of hours is argued in the supporting brief to be reasonable based on the complexity of the case and the fact that Wieder was Dascola’s sole counsel.
The argument for the hourly rate is based on various standards cited in the accompanying brief, which include the quality of the results obtained for the client, and the reasonableness of the rate based on Wieder’s experience, skill, and reputation. [.pdf of motion for fees and accompanying brief]