Gibson et al v. Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.
ORDER denying 27 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on April 7, 2014. (cnn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
EL DORADO DIVISION
CARLA GIBSON, WINDELL LAWSON,
JOYCE POWELL, JEFF ROGERS,
LEE WARDEN, KATHY WOODS, and
LILLIE WOODS, on behalf of themselves
and all others similarly situated
CIVIL NO. 1:13-cv-1040
CLEAN HARBORS ENVIRONMENTAL
Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ Motion for Attorneys’ Fees pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
1447(c). (ECF No. 27).
Defendant BioLab, Inc. has responded. (ECF No. 29). The Court
finds the matter ripe for consideration.
Under § 1447(c), a district court “may require payment of just costs and actual expenses,
including attorney fees, incurred as a result of the removal.” 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c). As the
permissive language of the statute makes clear, the decision to award attorney fees rests within
the sound discretion of the district court. GreatAmerica Leasing Corp. v. Rohr-Tippe Motors,
Inc., 394 F.Supp.2d 1058, 1061 (N.D. Iowa 2005). “Absent unusual circumstances, courts may
award attorneys’ fees under § 1447(c) only where the removing party lacked an objectively
reasonable basis for seeking removal. Conversely, when an objectively reasonable basis exists,
fees should be denied.” Martin v. Franklin Capital Corp., 546 U.S. 132, 141 (2005). Upon
consideration of the issues presented in this case, the Court finds that an award of attorneys’ fees
and costs would be inappropriate. Accordingly, the Court finds that Plaintiffs’ Motion for
Attorneys’ Fees (ECF No. 27) should be and hereby is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 7th day of April, 2014.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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