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Perdue v. Kenny A. ex rel. Winn
Citation:559 U.S. 542 (2010)
Kenny A. (Respondent), who represented a class of children in Georgia’s foster-care system, filed a class action against the State of Georgia and its governor Perdue (Petitioner). Plaintiffs claimed that deficiencies in the foster-care system in two counties near Atlanta violated their constitutional and statutory rights.The plaintiffs requested more than $14 million in attorney’s fees, based on their calculation of roughly 30,000 hours multiplied by the attorneys’ hourly rates. They submitted affidavits asserting that these rates were within the range of prevailing market rates for legal services in the relevant market. The parties entered into a consent decree, which the district court approved, and the court awarded attorney’s fees of $10.5 million. The court then enhanced the award by 75% based on superior performance and results by class counsel. The state appealed the fee award.
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