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Second Circuit Clarifies Standards for Awarding Attorney Fees in ERISA Case
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Mar. 16, 2014
"The Second Circuit emphasized that courts do not have 'unbridled discretion' when deciding requests for attorneys' fees. According to the Second Circuit, the district court in Donachie misapplied the Chambless factors by: [1] Treating the insurer's absence of bad faith as the sole basis for denying the participant attorneys' fees. [2] Failing to consider the insurer's culpability. [3] Inadequately addressing the 'relative merits' of the parties' positions." [Donachie v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, No. 12-2996-lv (2d Cir. Mar. 11, 2014)]

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