Gibson et al v. Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.

Filing 30

ORDER denying 27 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on April 7, 2014. (cnn)

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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 V. PLAINTIFFS CIVIL NO. 1:13-cv-1040 CLEAN HARBORS ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. DEFENDANT/ THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFF V. BIOLAB, INC. THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANT ORDER 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 1 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 2

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