Zokaites v. 3236 NE 5th Street, Inc.
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 73 Motion for Attorney Fees and adopting Report and Recommendations re 107 . The Plaintiff shall recover from the defendant 3236 NE 5th Street the Amount of $79,080.49 in attorneys' fees as set forth in the Report and Recommendation.. Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 2/3/2009. (jc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA CASE NO. 07-60670-CIV-DIMITROULEAS FRANK R. ZOKAITES, Plaintiff, vs. 3236 NE 5TH STREET, INC., Defendant. __________________________________/ ORDER APPROVING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR ATTORNEYS' FEES THIS CAUSE is before the Court upon the Plaintiff's Motion for Attorneys' Fees [DE 73] filed on September 5, 2008, and the Report and Recommendation [DE 107] of Magistrate Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum, filed on January 13, 2009. The Court notes that the Defendant, 3236 NE 5th Street, has not filed any objections to the Report and Recommendation, and that the time for filing such objections has passed. Even though no timely objections were filed, the Court has conducted a de novo review of the Report, the underlying Motion for Attorneys' Fees [DE 73], the Defendant's Response and Supporting Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Attorneys' Fees [DE 87] of September 20, 2008, and the Plaintiff's Reply to Defendant's Response and Supporting Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Attorneys' Fees [DE 90] of September 29, 2008, and the parties' affidavits and exhibits. This Court agrees with the reasoning and analysis of the Magistrate Judge that the Motion for Attorneys' Fees should be granted. The Defendant objected specifically to only some of the fees, arguing that certain time entries in Plaintiff's exhibits are excessive, vague, or otherwise non-compensable. We agree with the Magistrate Judge's findings: the work done by Attorney Magistrate Judge Rosenbaum
Gina Greenwald on jury instructions is compensable; the client contact recorded by Attorney Eric Lee are too vague and should be reduced to 25% of what is sought; the entries referencing "unknown" individuals are compensable; the time spent on ministerial manners should be reduced; state court attorneys' fees are inappropriate; and an award on the supplemental fees is appropriate with the exception of compensation for the work on the appeal of the Motion for Reconsideration. Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED as follows: 1. 2. The Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation [DE 107] is hereby ADOPTED; The Plaintiff's Motion for Attorneys' Fees [DE 73] is hereby GRANTED in part and DENIED in part; 3. Plaintiff shall recover from the Defendant 3236 NE 5th Street the amount of $79,080.49 in attorneys' fees as set forth in the Report and Recommendation [DE 107]. DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, this 3rd day of February, 2009.
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