Sterling v. American Credit & Collections, LLC et al
ORDER Regarding 17 Motion for Attorney Fees. Court ORDERS that Sterling recover the following: 1. attorney's fees in the amount of $4,925. 2. interest in the amount of $0.55. 3. costs as taxed by the Clerk of the Court by Judge David M. Ebel on 01/03/13.(jjhsl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 11-cv-03113-DME-BNB
AMERICAN CREDIT & COLLECTIONS, LLC,
ORDER REGARDING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR
COSTS AND ATTORNEYS’ FEES
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Carol Sterling’s Motion for Costs
and Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees (Doc. 17), made pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1692k(a) and
Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(d). Upon consideration therefore, the Court GRANTS that motion in
I. Attorneys’ fee
Section 1692k(a) permits Sterling, who prevailed on her claims asserted under
the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, to recover “a reasonable attorney’s fee.” The
court calculates that fee using the lodestar method, which “is the number of hours
reasonably expended on the litigation multiplied by the reasonable hourly rate.”
Anchondo v. Anderson, Crenshaw & Assocs., LLC, 616 F.3d 1098, 1101 (10th Cir.
2010) (applying Hensley v. Eckerhart, 461 U.S. 424, 433 (1983)). The reasonableness
of the hourly rate is based on “the prevailing market rates in the relevant community.”
Perdue v. Kenny A ex rel. Winn, 130 S. Ct. 1662, 1672 (2010) (internal quotation marks
Sterling requests an award based upon 19.7 hours expended, at an hourly rate of
$335. But the District of Colorado has held, in a number of recent cases, that the
reasonable hourly rate for FDCPA cases in this community is $250. See Nuanes v.
NCC Bus. Servs., Inc., No. 12-cv-0228-WJM-MJW, 2012 WL 5464598, at *2 (D. Colo.
Nov. 9, 2012) (citing cases). Therefore, the Court reduces the requested hourly rate
from $335 to $250. Having reviewed the billing records submitted in support of the
claimed 19.7 hours worked on this case, the Court finds those hours were reasonably
expended litigating this case. Therefore, the Court awards attorney’s fees for 19.7
hours at a rate of $250, for a total of $4,925.
II. Costs and interest
The Court has previously determined that Sterling is also entitled to an award of
costs, as well as pre- and post-judgment interest on the statutory damages awarded to
her in this case. Sterling calculates the total interest to be $0.55. Sterling further
asserts that she has filed a Bill of Costs with the clerk, who will tax those costs. See
For the foregoing reasons, the Court ORDERS that Sterling recover the
1. attorney’s fees in the amount of $4,925;
2. interest in the amount of $0.55; and
3. costs as taxed by the Clerk of the Court.
day of January , 2013.
BY THE COURT:
s/ David M. Ebel
U. S. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
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