Longas v. Botero Galleries, Incorporated et al
ORDER denying without prejudice 14 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman on 3/26/2012. (eg)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 1:11-cv-24634-GRAHAM/GOODMAN
BOTERO GALLERIES, INC., et al.,
ORDER ON MOTION FOR ATTORNEY’S FEES
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s motion for attorney’s fees (DE 14),
filed March 15, 2012. U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham referred this matter to the
Undersigned on March 21, 2012. No defendant has appeared in this case and on March
22, 2012, Judge Graham entered a judgment against all defendants “as to liability
only.” (DE 16).
A motion for attorney’s fees must be filed no later than 14 days after the entry of
judgment. Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(d)(2)(B)(i). The Local Rules extend this period to 60 days.
Local Rule S.D. Fla. 7.3(a). Plaintiff here filed her motion for attorney’s fees before
Judge Graham entered his default final judgment.
Moreover, as Plaintiff acknowledges in her motion, a prevailing plaintiff is one
“who receives at least some relief on the merits of her claim.” (Doc. 14, at 2) (citing
Buckhannon Bd. & Care Home v. West Virginia Dep’t of Health & Human Res., 532 U.S.
598, 603-04 (2001)). Here, Judge Graham did not enter a money judgment in favor of
Plaintiff. Instead, Judge Graham required Plaintiff to submit additional documentation of
her damages. Therefore, Plaintiff has not yet recovered anything and her motion is
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motion for attorney’s fees is denied without prejudice.
DONE and ORDERED in Chambers, at Miami, Florida, March 26, 2012.
Copies furnished to:
Hon. Donald L. Graham
Counsel of Record
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