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"Such a policy ensures an incentive for 'impecunious' plaintiffs who can ill afford to litigate their claims against defendants with more resources." Walker, 107 F. Hernandez returned to Taqueria El Grullense in the last week of January 2012. Hernandez never complained or mentioned these incidents to Taqueria El Grullense. The requested fees consist of 74.1 hours for attorney Paul Rein at 5 per hour, 68.6 hours for attorney Catherine Cabalo at 5 per hour, and 12.1 hours at 5 per hour for attorney Celia Mc Guiness, totaling 156.1 attorney hours, 24.6 hours at 5 an hour for paralegal Aaron Clefton and 3.6 hours at 5 per hour for paralegal Holly Jaramillo, totaling 28.2 paralegal hours. For example, on July 11, 2013, Rein billed .8 hours for "Work on plaintiff's portion of Jt CMC Statement; instructions to staff re communications w/ defense counsel, their additions, etc. I note that much of the moving papers is substantially similar to papers filed by Mr. August 17, 2010) ("the only parts of [Rein Law's] 21-page motion that are case-specific are the factual and procedural history section and the sections itemizing Plaintiffs' fees and litigation expenses"), Report and Recommendation adopted September 7, 2010); George v. In this case, Rein Law's opening brief on the fees motion is virtually identical to a brief filed by Rein Law in this Court in March 2013 in Cruz v. A fees motion filed by Rein Law in November 2012 in Delson (Dkt. 23) also featured legal arguments identical to those presented here.

City Of Gainesville, Ga., 177 F.3d 949, 951 (11th Cir. California's Unruh Act likewise provides for attorneys' fees for the prevailing party, though unlike the ADA the California law awards Under the ADA, "the court or agency, in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party, other than the United States, a reasonable attorney's fee, including litigation expenses, and costs." 42 U. Defendants are therefore well-served to request the detailed supporting documentation authorized by General Order 56, in particular where the defendants dispute the claimed fees. FACTUAL BACKGROUND Plaintiff Gerardo Hernandez is a "physically disabled person who cannot walk due to paraplegia and who requires use of a wheelchair for locomotion." Second Amended Complaint ¶ 4 [Dkt. He alleges that he attempted to use the restroom after his meal but he "had difficulty entering the men's restroom in his motorized wheelchair because the doorway was very narrow and not of the required width to provide access; he could not physically get in far enough to reach the toilet." Id. This episode caused Hernandez "to suffer difficulty, discomfort and embarrassment, all to his physical, mental and emotional damages." Id. According to the Second Amended Complaint, [Hernandez] returned to the restaurant in a smaller, manual wheelchair, thinking that perhaps this smaller wheelchair would fit into the restroom, but once "through" the exterior restroom doorway he suffered a similar experience being unable to use the restroom, got stuck in the men's restroom, encountered barriers which did not allow him to reach any toilet in time, and suffered a humiliating bodily functions accident causing him difficulty, discomfort and Id. Hernandez seeks ,730 in fees and ,283 in costs (including ,100 in expert fees), totaling 2,013. Some of these entries are improperly block-billed, making it impossible for me to determine whether a reasonable amount of time was spent on each task. Rein had to spend so much time preparing this fee motion; it could have been done by a more junior attorney. 21, 2007) (awarding counsel, including Rein Law, 15 hours for fees motion instead of 65 hours requested because issues in fees motion "substantially overlap with those in the previous motion"). The legal arguments and authorities cited in Starbucks are repeated word-for-word in this brief.

By requiring plaintiffs to provide defendants a statement of attorneys' fees and costs incurred to date, and, if requested, detailed supporting documentation, paragraph 6 affords defendants the opportunity to assess the reasonableness of the claimed fees. Tellingly, ten months earlier, before the mediation, Mc Guiness billed 1.7 hours (1.50) to attend an 11-minute case management conference in October 2012. I deduct 1 hour (5) from Cabalo's request to allow for reasonable travel time to and from Rein Law's office.

Paragraph 6 further provides that "[i]f requested by defendant, plaintiff should provide documentation and support for its attorney's fees similar to what an attorney would provide in a billing statement to a client." reach a tentative agreement. Accordingly, although I ostensibly award Cabalo 5.4 hours and Rein one hour for preparing for the mediation, the reality is that the great majority of the fees which I award Rein Law through the mediation were incurred in preparation for the mediation. Preparing for and attending case management conferences Cabalo billed 2.7 hours (

"Such a policy ensures an incentive for 'impecunious' plaintiffs who can ill afford to litigate their claims against defendants with more resources." Walker, 107 F. Hernandez returned to Taqueria El Grullense in the last week of January 2012. Hernandez never complained or mentioned these incidents to Taqueria El Grullense. The requested fees consist of 74.1 hours for attorney Paul Rein at $645 per hour, 68.6 hours for attorney Catherine Cabalo at $425 per hour, and 12.1 hours at $495 per hour for attorney Celia Mc Guiness, totaling 156.1 attorney hours, 24.6 hours at $175 an hour for paralegal Aaron Clefton and 3.6 hours at $135 per hour for paralegal Holly Jaramillo, totaling 28.2 paralegal hours. For example, on July 11, 2013, Rein billed .8 hours for "Work on plaintiff's portion of Jt CMC Statement; instructions to staff re communications w/ defense counsel, their additions, etc. I note that much of the moving papers is substantially similar to papers filed by Mr. August 17, 2010) ("the only parts of [Rein Law's] 21-page motion that are case-specific are the factual and procedural history section and the sections itemizing Plaintiffs' fees and litigation expenses"), Report and Recommendation adopted September 7, 2010); George v. In this case, Rein Law's opening brief on the fees motion is virtually identical to a brief filed by Rein Law in this Court in March 2013 in Cruz v. A fees motion filed by Rein Law in November 2012 in Delson (Dkt. 23) also featured legal arguments identical to those presented here. City Of Gainesville, Ga., 177 F.3d 949, 951 (11th Cir. California's Unruh Act likewise provides for attorneys' fees for the prevailing party, though unlike the ADA the California law awards Under the ADA, "the court or agency, in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party, other than the United States, a reasonable attorney's fee, including litigation expenses, and costs." 42 U. Defendants are therefore well-served to request the detailed supporting documentation authorized by General Order 56, in particular where the defendants dispute the claimed fees. FACTUAL BACKGROUND Plaintiff Gerardo Hernandez is a "physically disabled person who cannot walk due to paraplegia and who requires use of a wheelchair for locomotion." Second Amended Complaint ¶ 4 [Dkt. He alleges that he attempted to use the restroom after his meal but he "had difficulty entering the men's restroom in his motorized wheelchair because the doorway was very narrow and not of the required width to provide access; he could not physically get in far enough to reach the toilet." Id. This episode caused Hernandez "to suffer difficulty, discomfort and embarrassment, all to his physical, mental and emotional damages." Id. According to the Second Amended Complaint, [Hernandez] returned to the restaurant in a smaller, manual wheelchair, thinking that perhaps this smaller wheelchair would fit into the restroom, but once "through" the exterior restroom doorway he suffered a similar experience being unable to use the restroom, got stuck in the men's restroom, encountered barriers which did not allow him to reach any toilet in time, and suffered a humiliating bodily functions accident causing him difficulty, discomfort and Id. Hernandez seeks $87,730 in fees and $14,283 in costs (including $12,100 in expert fees), totaling $102,013. Some of these entries are improperly block-billed, making it impossible for me to determine whether a reasonable amount of time was spent on each task. Rein had to spend so much time preparing this fee motion; it could have been done by a more junior attorney. 21, 2007) (awarding counsel, including Rein Law, 15 hours for fees motion instead of 65 hours requested because issues in fees motion "substantially overlap with those in the previous motion"). The legal arguments and authorities cited in Starbucks are repeated word-for-word in this brief. By requiring plaintiffs to provide defendants a statement of attorneys' fees and costs incurred to date, and, if requested, detailed supporting documentation, paragraph 6 affords defendants the opportunity to assess the reasonableness of the claimed fees. Tellingly, ten months earlier, before the mediation, Mc Guiness billed 1.7 hours ($841.50) to attend an 11-minute case management conference in October 2012. I deduct 1 hour ($425) from Cabalo's request to allow for reasonable travel time to and from Rein Law's office. Paragraph 6 further provides that "[i]f requested by defendant, plaintiff should provide documentation and support for its attorney's fees similar to what an attorney would provide in a billing statement to a client." reach a tentative agreement. Accordingly, although I ostensibly award Cabalo 5.4 hours and Rein one hour for preparing for the mediation, the reality is that the great majority of the fees which I award Rein Law through the mediation were incurred in preparation for the mediation. Preparing for and attending case management conferences Cabalo billed 2.7 hours ($1,147.50) to attend—not to prepare for—a case management conference on August 6, 2013 which lasted six minutes. The matter was called at pm, so Cabalo had to wait in the courtroom for eight minutes before the matter was called. 44 (civil minutes of case management conference); Mc Guinness billing records at 3. But the enforcement of the ADA and California's access laws by private attorneys general is central to those statutes' enforcement. But the hours claimed by each timekeeper in their billing records plus the additional hours requested for the fees motion reply brief add up to the hours and fees listed above. "When it sets a fee, the district court must first determine the presumptive lodestar figure by multiplying the number of hours reasonably expended on the litigation by the reasonable hourly rate." Secalt S. I deduct 3.9 hours ($1,657.50) of the hours requested by Cabalo for preparing for the mediation and preparing the mediation statement. 1992) ("It simply is not reasonable for a lawyer to bill, at her regular hourly rate, for tasks that a non-attorney employed by her could perform at a much lower cost."), opinion vacated in part on denial of reh'g, 984 F.2d 345 (9th Cir. Many of the entries are for emails and calls regarding the mediation, but there is no discussion of any substance in these entries, including entries such as "Multiple emails with mediator and defense counsel," "Multiple emails with access consultant regarding mediation." A few such entries would not appear unreasonable, but many such entries in combination suggest excessive billing for clerical tasks, especially where there is no explanation of the substance of these communications. Attorneys' fees in ADA cases often greatly exceed the cost of the substantive relief, generating the hostility of small businesses towards ADA plaintiffs' attorneys. According to Cabalo's billing records, 2.7 hours of that time was spent preparing the mediation statement, which is reasonable. But an additional 6.6 hours on various poorly defined tasks whose value is not evident is not reasonable. This excludes Rein's time entries before the mediation for meetings with his co-counsel to discuss "case status" and "case issues." See Rein billing records. This is a reasonable amount of time for a senior attorney with Rein's experience—and commensurately high hourly rate—to spend consulting with Cabalo in advance of the mediation.

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"Such a policy ensures an incentive for 'impecunious' plaintiffs who can ill afford to litigate their claims against defendants with more resources." Walker, 107 F. Hernandez returned to Taqueria El Grullense in the last week of January 2012. Hernandez never complained or mentioned these incidents to Taqueria El Grullense. The requested fees consist of 74.1 hours for attorney Paul Rein at $645 per hour, 68.6 hours for attorney Catherine Cabalo at $425 per hour, and 12.1 hours at $495 per hour for attorney Celia Mc Guiness, totaling 156.1 attorney hours, 24.6 hours at $175 an hour for paralegal Aaron Clefton and 3.6 hours at $135 per hour for paralegal Holly Jaramillo, totaling 28.2 paralegal hours. For example, on July 11, 2013, Rein billed .8 hours for "Work on plaintiff's portion of Jt CMC Statement; instructions to staff re communications w/ defense counsel, their additions, etc. I note that much of the moving papers is substantially similar to papers filed by Mr. August 17, 2010) ("the only parts of [Rein Law's] 21-page motion that are case-specific are the factual and procedural history section and the sections itemizing Plaintiffs' fees and litigation expenses"), Report and Recommendation adopted September 7, 2010); George v. In this case, Rein Law's opening brief on the fees motion is virtually identical to a brief filed by Rein Law in this Court in March 2013 in Cruz v. A fees motion filed by Rein Law in November 2012 in Delson (Dkt. 23) also featured legal arguments identical to those presented here.

City Of Gainesville, Ga., 177 F.3d 949, 951 (11th Cir. California's Unruh Act likewise provides for attorneys' fees for the prevailing party, though unlike the ADA the California law awards Under the ADA, "the court or agency, in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party, other than the United States, a reasonable attorney's fee, including litigation expenses, and costs." 42 U. Defendants are therefore well-served to request the detailed supporting documentation authorized by General Order 56, in particular where the defendants dispute the claimed fees. FACTUAL BACKGROUND Plaintiff Gerardo Hernandez is a "physically disabled person who cannot walk due to paraplegia and who requires use of a wheelchair for locomotion." Second Amended Complaint ¶ 4 [Dkt. He alleges that he attempted to use the restroom after his meal but he "had difficulty entering the men's restroom in his motorized wheelchair because the doorway was very narrow and not of the required width to provide access; he could not physically get in far enough to reach the toilet." Id. This episode caused Hernandez "to suffer difficulty, discomfort and embarrassment, all to his physical, mental and emotional damages." Id. According to the Second Amended Complaint, [Hernandez] returned to the restaurant in a smaller, manual wheelchair, thinking that perhaps this smaller wheelchair would fit into the restroom, but once "through" the exterior restroom doorway he suffered a similar experience being unable to use the restroom, got stuck in the men's restroom, encountered barriers which did not allow him to reach any toilet in time, and suffered a humiliating bodily functions accident causing him difficulty, discomfort and Id. Hernandez seeks $87,730 in fees and $14,283 in costs (including $12,100 in expert fees), totaling $102,013. Some of these entries are improperly block-billed, making it impossible for me to determine whether a reasonable amount of time was spent on each task. Rein had to spend so much time preparing this fee motion; it could have been done by a more junior attorney. 21, 2007) (awarding counsel, including Rein Law, 15 hours for fees motion instead of 65 hours requested because issues in fees motion "substantially overlap with those in the previous motion"). The legal arguments and authorities cited in Starbucks are repeated word-for-word in this brief.

By requiring plaintiffs to provide defendants a statement of attorneys' fees and costs incurred to date, and, if requested, detailed supporting documentation, paragraph 6 affords defendants the opportunity to assess the reasonableness of the claimed fees. Tellingly, ten months earlier, before the mediation, Mc Guiness billed 1.7 hours ($841.50) to attend an 11-minute case management conference in October 2012. I deduct 1 hour ($425) from Cabalo's request to allow for reasonable travel time to and from Rein Law's office.

Paragraph 6 further provides that "[i]f requested by defendant, plaintiff should provide documentation and support for its attorney's fees similar to what an attorney would provide in a billing statement to a client." reach a tentative agreement. Accordingly, although I ostensibly award Cabalo 5.4 hours and Rein one hour for preparing for the mediation, the reality is that the great majority of the fees which I award Rein Law through the mediation were incurred in preparation for the mediation. Preparing for and attending case management conferences Cabalo billed 2.7 hours ($1,147.50) to attend—not to prepare for—a case management conference on August 6, 2013 which lasted six minutes. The matter was called at pm, so Cabalo had to wait in the courtroom for eight minutes before the matter was called. 44 (civil minutes of case management conference); Mc Guinness billing records at 3.

But the enforcement of the ADA and California's access laws by private attorneys general is central to those statutes' enforcement. But the hours claimed by each timekeeper in their billing records plus the additional hours requested for the fees motion reply brief add up to the hours and fees listed above. "When it sets a fee, the district court must first determine the presumptive lodestar figure by multiplying the number of hours reasonably expended on the litigation by the reasonable hourly rate." Secalt S. I deduct 3.9 hours ($1,657.50) of the hours requested by Cabalo for preparing for the mediation and preparing the mediation statement. 1992) ("It simply is not reasonable for a lawyer to bill, at her regular hourly rate, for tasks that a non-attorney employed by her could perform at a much lower cost."), opinion vacated in part on denial of reh'g, 984 F.2d 345 (9th Cir. Many of the entries are for emails and calls regarding the mediation, but there is no discussion of any substance in these entries, including entries such as "Multiple emails with mediator and defense counsel," "Multiple emails with access consultant regarding mediation." A few such entries would not appear unreasonable, but many such entries in combination suggest excessive billing for clerical tasks, especially where there is no explanation of the substance of these communications.

Attorneys' fees in ADA cases often greatly exceed the cost of the substantive relief, generating the hostility of small businesses towards ADA plaintiffs' attorneys. According to Cabalo's billing records, 2.7 hours of that time was spent preparing the mediation statement, which is reasonable. But an additional 6.6 hours on various poorly defined tasks whose value is not evident is not reasonable.

This excludes Rein's time entries before the mediation for meetings with his co-counsel to discuss "case status" and "case issues." See Rein billing records.

This is a reasonable amount of time for a senior attorney with Rein's experience—and commensurately high hourly rate—to spend consulting with Cabalo in advance of the mediation.

,147.50) to attend—not to prepare for—a case management conference on August 6, 2013 which lasted six minutes. The matter was called at pm, so Cabalo had to wait in the courtroom for eight minutes before the matter was called. 44 (civil minutes of case management conference); Mc Guinness billing records at 3.

But the enforcement of the ADA and California's access laws by private attorneys general is central to those statutes' enforcement. But the hours claimed by each timekeeper in their billing records plus the additional hours requested for the fees motion reply brief add up to the hours and fees listed above. "When it sets a fee, the district court must first determine the presumptive lodestar figure by multiplying the number of hours reasonably expended on the litigation by the reasonable hourly rate." Secalt S. I deduct 3.9 hours (

"Such a policy ensures an incentive for 'impecunious' plaintiffs who can ill afford to litigate their claims against defendants with more resources." Walker, 107 F. Hernandez returned to Taqueria El Grullense in the last week of January 2012. Hernandez never complained or mentioned these incidents to Taqueria El Grullense. The requested fees consist of 74.1 hours for attorney Paul Rein at $645 per hour, 68.6 hours for attorney Catherine Cabalo at $425 per hour, and 12.1 hours at $495 per hour for attorney Celia Mc Guiness, totaling 156.1 attorney hours, 24.6 hours at $175 an hour for paralegal Aaron Clefton and 3.6 hours at $135 per hour for paralegal Holly Jaramillo, totaling 28.2 paralegal hours. For example, on July 11, 2013, Rein billed .8 hours for "Work on plaintiff's portion of Jt CMC Statement; instructions to staff re communications w/ defense counsel, their additions, etc. I note that much of the moving papers is substantially similar to papers filed by Mr. August 17, 2010) ("the only parts of [Rein Law's] 21-page motion that are case-specific are the factual and procedural history section and the sections itemizing Plaintiffs' fees and litigation expenses"), Report and Recommendation adopted September 7, 2010); George v. In this case, Rein Law's opening brief on the fees motion is virtually identical to a brief filed by Rein Law in this Court in March 2013 in Cruz v. A fees motion filed by Rein Law in November 2012 in Delson (Dkt. 23) also featured legal arguments identical to those presented here. City Of Gainesville, Ga., 177 F.3d 949, 951 (11th Cir. California's Unruh Act likewise provides for attorneys' fees for the prevailing party, though unlike the ADA the California law awards Under the ADA, "the court or agency, in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party, other than the United States, a reasonable attorney's fee, including litigation expenses, and costs." 42 U. Defendants are therefore well-served to request the detailed supporting documentation authorized by General Order 56, in particular where the defendants dispute the claimed fees. FACTUAL BACKGROUND Plaintiff Gerardo Hernandez is a "physically disabled person who cannot walk due to paraplegia and who requires use of a wheelchair for locomotion." Second Amended Complaint ¶ 4 [Dkt. He alleges that he attempted to use the restroom after his meal but he "had difficulty entering the men's restroom in his motorized wheelchair because the doorway was very narrow and not of the required width to provide access; he could not physically get in far enough to reach the toilet." Id. This episode caused Hernandez "to suffer difficulty, discomfort and embarrassment, all to his physical, mental and emotional damages." Id. According to the Second Amended Complaint, [Hernandez] returned to the restaurant in a smaller, manual wheelchair, thinking that perhaps this smaller wheelchair would fit into the restroom, but once "through" the exterior restroom doorway he suffered a similar experience being unable to use the restroom, got stuck in the men's restroom, encountered barriers which did not allow him to reach any toilet in time, and suffered a humiliating bodily functions accident causing him difficulty, discomfort and Id. Hernandez seeks $87,730 in fees and $14,283 in costs (including $12,100 in expert fees), totaling $102,013. Some of these entries are improperly block-billed, making it impossible for me to determine whether a reasonable amount of time was spent on each task. Rein had to spend so much time preparing this fee motion; it could have been done by a more junior attorney. 21, 2007) (awarding counsel, including Rein Law, 15 hours for fees motion instead of 65 hours requested because issues in fees motion "substantially overlap with those in the previous motion"). The legal arguments and authorities cited in Starbucks are repeated word-for-word in this brief. By requiring plaintiffs to provide defendants a statement of attorneys' fees and costs incurred to date, and, if requested, detailed supporting documentation, paragraph 6 affords defendants the opportunity to assess the reasonableness of the claimed fees. Tellingly, ten months earlier, before the mediation, Mc Guiness billed 1.7 hours ($841.50) to attend an 11-minute case management conference in October 2012. I deduct 1 hour ($425) from Cabalo's request to allow for reasonable travel time to and from Rein Law's office. Paragraph 6 further provides that "[i]f requested by defendant, plaintiff should provide documentation and support for its attorney's fees similar to what an attorney would provide in a billing statement to a client." reach a tentative agreement. Accordingly, although I ostensibly award Cabalo 5.4 hours and Rein one hour for preparing for the mediation, the reality is that the great majority of the fees which I award Rein Law through the mediation were incurred in preparation for the mediation. Preparing for and attending case management conferences Cabalo billed 2.7 hours ($1,147.50) to attend—not to prepare for—a case management conference on August 6, 2013 which lasted six minutes. The matter was called at pm, so Cabalo had to wait in the courtroom for eight minutes before the matter was called. 44 (civil minutes of case management conference); Mc Guinness billing records at 3. But the enforcement of the ADA and California's access laws by private attorneys general is central to those statutes' enforcement. But the hours claimed by each timekeeper in their billing records plus the additional hours requested for the fees motion reply brief add up to the hours and fees listed above. "When it sets a fee, the district court must first determine the presumptive lodestar figure by multiplying the number of hours reasonably expended on the litigation by the reasonable hourly rate." Secalt S. I deduct 3.9 hours ($1,657.50) of the hours requested by Cabalo for preparing for the mediation and preparing the mediation statement. 1992) ("It simply is not reasonable for a lawyer to bill, at her regular hourly rate, for tasks that a non-attorney employed by her could perform at a much lower cost."), opinion vacated in part on denial of reh'g, 984 F.2d 345 (9th Cir. Many of the entries are for emails and calls regarding the mediation, but there is no discussion of any substance in these entries, including entries such as "Multiple emails with mediator and defense counsel," "Multiple emails with access consultant regarding mediation." A few such entries would not appear unreasonable, but many such entries in combination suggest excessive billing for clerical tasks, especially where there is no explanation of the substance of these communications. Attorneys' fees in ADA cases often greatly exceed the cost of the substantive relief, generating the hostility of small businesses towards ADA plaintiffs' attorneys. According to Cabalo's billing records, 2.7 hours of that time was spent preparing the mediation statement, which is reasonable. But an additional 6.6 hours on various poorly defined tasks whose value is not evident is not reasonable. This excludes Rein's time entries before the mediation for meetings with his co-counsel to discuss "case status" and "case issues." See Rein billing records. This is a reasonable amount of time for a senior attorney with Rein's experience—and commensurately high hourly rate—to spend consulting with Cabalo in advance of the mediation.

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"Such a policy ensures an incentive for 'impecunious' plaintiffs who can ill afford to litigate their claims against defendants with more resources." Walker, 107 F. Hernandez returned to Taqueria El Grullense in the last week of January 2012. Hernandez never complained or mentioned these incidents to Taqueria El Grullense. The requested fees consist of 74.1 hours for attorney Paul Rein at $645 per hour, 68.6 hours for attorney Catherine Cabalo at $425 per hour, and 12.1 hours at $495 per hour for attorney Celia Mc Guiness, totaling 156.1 attorney hours, 24.6 hours at $175 an hour for paralegal Aaron Clefton and 3.6 hours at $135 per hour for paralegal Holly Jaramillo, totaling 28.2 paralegal hours. For example, on July 11, 2013, Rein billed .8 hours for "Work on plaintiff's portion of Jt CMC Statement; instructions to staff re communications w/ defense counsel, their additions, etc. I note that much of the moving papers is substantially similar to papers filed by Mr. August 17, 2010) ("the only parts of [Rein Law's] 21-page motion that are case-specific are the factual and procedural history section and the sections itemizing Plaintiffs' fees and litigation expenses"), Report and Recommendation adopted September 7, 2010); George v. In this case, Rein Law's opening brief on the fees motion is virtually identical to a brief filed by Rein Law in this Court in March 2013 in Cruz v. A fees motion filed by Rein Law in November 2012 in Delson (Dkt. 23) also featured legal arguments identical to those presented here.

City Of Gainesville, Ga., 177 F.3d 949, 951 (11th Cir. California's Unruh Act likewise provides for attorneys' fees for the prevailing party, though unlike the ADA the California law awards Under the ADA, "the court or agency, in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party, other than the United States, a reasonable attorney's fee, including litigation expenses, and costs." 42 U. Defendants are therefore well-served to request the detailed supporting documentation authorized by General Order 56, in particular where the defendants dispute the claimed fees. FACTUAL BACKGROUND Plaintiff Gerardo Hernandez is a "physically disabled person who cannot walk due to paraplegia and who requires use of a wheelchair for locomotion." Second Amended Complaint ¶ 4 [Dkt. He alleges that he attempted to use the restroom after his meal but he "had difficulty entering the men's restroom in his motorized wheelchair because the doorway was very narrow and not of the required width to provide access; he could not physically get in far enough to reach the toilet." Id. This episode caused Hernandez "to suffer difficulty, discomfort and embarrassment, all to his physical, mental and emotional damages." Id. According to the Second Amended Complaint, [Hernandez] returned to the restaurant in a smaller, manual wheelchair, thinking that perhaps this smaller wheelchair would fit into the restroom, but once "through" the exterior restroom doorway he suffered a similar experience being unable to use the restroom, got stuck in the men's restroom, encountered barriers which did not allow him to reach any toilet in time, and suffered a humiliating bodily functions accident causing him difficulty, discomfort and Id. Hernandez seeks $87,730 in fees and $14,283 in costs (including $12,100 in expert fees), totaling $102,013. Some of these entries are improperly block-billed, making it impossible for me to determine whether a reasonable amount of time was spent on each task. Rein had to spend so much time preparing this fee motion; it could have been done by a more junior attorney. 21, 2007) (awarding counsel, including Rein Law, 15 hours for fees motion instead of 65 hours requested because issues in fees motion "substantially overlap with those in the previous motion"). The legal arguments and authorities cited in Starbucks are repeated word-for-word in this brief.

By requiring plaintiffs to provide defendants a statement of attorneys' fees and costs incurred to date, and, if requested, detailed supporting documentation, paragraph 6 affords defendants the opportunity to assess the reasonableness of the claimed fees. Tellingly, ten months earlier, before the mediation, Mc Guiness billed 1.7 hours ($841.50) to attend an 11-minute case management conference in October 2012. I deduct 1 hour ($425) from Cabalo's request to allow for reasonable travel time to and from Rein Law's office.

Paragraph 6 further provides that "[i]f requested by defendant, plaintiff should provide documentation and support for its attorney's fees similar to what an attorney would provide in a billing statement to a client." reach a tentative agreement. Accordingly, although I ostensibly award Cabalo 5.4 hours and Rein one hour for preparing for the mediation, the reality is that the great majority of the fees which I award Rein Law through the mediation were incurred in preparation for the mediation. Preparing for and attending case management conferences Cabalo billed 2.7 hours ($1,147.50) to attend—not to prepare for—a case management conference on August 6, 2013 which lasted six minutes. The matter was called at pm, so Cabalo had to wait in the courtroom for eight minutes before the matter was called. 44 (civil minutes of case management conference); Mc Guinness billing records at 3.

But the enforcement of the ADA and California's access laws by private attorneys general is central to those statutes' enforcement. But the hours claimed by each timekeeper in their billing records plus the additional hours requested for the fees motion reply brief add up to the hours and fees listed above. "When it sets a fee, the district court must first determine the presumptive lodestar figure by multiplying the number of hours reasonably expended on the litigation by the reasonable hourly rate." Secalt S. I deduct 3.9 hours ($1,657.50) of the hours requested by Cabalo for preparing for the mediation and preparing the mediation statement. 1992) ("It simply is not reasonable for a lawyer to bill, at her regular hourly rate, for tasks that a non-attorney employed by her could perform at a much lower cost."), opinion vacated in part on denial of reh'g, 984 F.2d 345 (9th Cir. Many of the entries are for emails and calls regarding the mediation, but there is no discussion of any substance in these entries, including entries such as "Multiple emails with mediator and defense counsel," "Multiple emails with access consultant regarding mediation." A few such entries would not appear unreasonable, but many such entries in combination suggest excessive billing for clerical tasks, especially where there is no explanation of the substance of these communications.

Attorneys' fees in ADA cases often greatly exceed the cost of the substantive relief, generating the hostility of small businesses towards ADA plaintiffs' attorneys. According to Cabalo's billing records, 2.7 hours of that time was spent preparing the mediation statement, which is reasonable. But an additional 6.6 hours on various poorly defined tasks whose value is not evident is not reasonable.

This excludes Rein's time entries before the mediation for meetings with his co-counsel to discuss "case status" and "case issues." See Rein billing records.

This is a reasonable amount of time for a senior attorney with Rein's experience—and commensurately high hourly rate—to spend consulting with Cabalo in advance of the mediation.

,657.50) of the hours requested by Cabalo for preparing for the mediation and preparing the mediation statement. 1992) ("It simply is not reasonable for a lawyer to bill, at her regular hourly rate, for tasks that a non-attorney employed by her could perform at a much lower cost."), opinion vacated in part on denial of reh'g, 984 F.2d 345 (9th Cir. Many of the entries are for emails and calls regarding the mediation, but there is no discussion of any substance in these entries, including entries such as "Multiple emails with mediator and defense counsel," "Multiple emails with access consultant regarding mediation." A few such entries would not appear unreasonable, but many such entries in combination suggest excessive billing for clerical tasks, especially where there is no explanation of the substance of these communications.

Attorneys' fees in ADA cases often greatly exceed the cost of the substantive relief, generating the hostility of small businesses towards ADA plaintiffs' attorneys. According to Cabalo's billing records, 2.7 hours of that time was spent preparing the mediation statement, which is reasonable. But an additional 6.6 hours on various poorly defined tasks whose value is not evident is not reasonable.

This excludes Rein's time entries before the mediation for meetings with his co-counsel to discuss "case status" and "case issues." See Rein billing records.

This is a reasonable amount of time for a senior attorney with Rein's experience—and commensurately high hourly rate—to spend consulting with Cabalo in advance of the mediation.

Because of unreasonable overstaffing and billing practices, detailed below, I will award ,453.68 in fees and ,550 in costs, totaling ,003.68. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT The ADA was adopted in 1990 to provide a "national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities" and to "address the major areas of discrimination faced day-to-day by people with disabilities." 42 U. But these efficiencies are not reflected in the fees requested by Rein Law. ORRICK Plaintiffs are entitled to reasonable attorney's fees when they prevail in lawsuits establishing a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA" or the "Act"), which has been described as "a milestone on the path to a more decent, tolerant, progressive society." Board of Trustees of Univ. Even assuming that 8.4 hours was only for the opening brief, Mac Dougal powerfully shows the unreasonableness of the hours requested in this case, in which Rein Law is seeking fees for 15.4 attorneys hours for the repurposed opening brief alone. The order does not separately discuss a reply brief, although Rein Law filed one, suggesting that the 8.4 was for both the opening and reply briefs. On September 5, 2012, defendants Oscar Pang-Cheng Liu and Chu-Ching Kuo Liu filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the complaint named the wrong trust. Instead, Hernandez sought leave to file an amended complaint naming the proper trust, which the defendants did not oppose. The Court entered a case management order on October 26, 2012, setting a joint site inspection for November 15, 2012. The parties attended mediation on March 20, 2013 where they came to terms on injunctive relief and damages. Rein Law claims fees for 7.4 hours for Rein and 5.6 hours for Cabalo (totaling ,153) to work on its 12-page reply brief in support of the fees motion. Oscar Pang-Cheng Liu and Chu-Ching Kuo Liu, through their trust, are the owners of the property. The Court granted Hernandez leave to file a second amended complaint on March 19, 2013. Instead, the parties filed a consent decree agreement memorializing the settlement, stating that the attorneys' fees and costs "will be the subject of further negotiations and litigation if necessary." The Court entered the consent decree on October 2, 2013. On November 8, 2013, Hernandez, through Rein Law, offered to settle the case for ,000 in attorneys' fees and costs. Instead, on November 25, 2013, the defendants made a Rule 68 offer of ,000 in attorneys' fees and costs. Judges in this District have, on several occasions, criticized the fees sought by Rein Law for work on re-purposed fees motions. Accordingly, I deduct ,276 from the lodestar in connection with the opening brief on the fees motion.

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