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Shadis v. Beal
Citation:685 F.2d 824
Community Legal Services (“CLS”) provides legal services to the poor. CLS contracted with the Pennsylvania Legal Services Center (“PLSC”) to represent medically needy individuals (plaintiffs) in a class action against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (“the Commonwealth”) (defendant). This contract prevented CLS from recovering attorneys’ fees in its suit against the Commonwealth. CLS prevailed in its suit against the Commonwealth, and the class moved for an award of attorney’s fees. The trial court found the contractual provision prohibiting attorney’s fees to be void as contrary to public policy and granted the award of attorney’s fees.
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