In a recent article published in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, author Peter Vieth wrote that the Hanover County Circuit Judge J. Overton Harris this summer allowed a prevailing lawyer to recover fees in an amount 10 times the size of the judgment. The award came despite objections from the other side that the claimed fees were punitive, unconstitutional and unreasonable. Harris also ruled that experts are not always required to prove fee claims and that block billing is not always forbidden. The July 26 decision is Winding Brook Owner’s Association Inc. v. Thomlyn LLC (VLW 017-8-079). The case involved a claim for unpaid assessments in a retail development at the Lewistown Road exit on Interstate 95 in Hanover.
Jacqueline A. Kramer
Attorney at Law