Indigo Old Corp., Inc. v. IS Investments, LLC et al
MEMORANDUM Opinion and Order signed by the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall on 7/19/2021. Guido is awarded $57,432.50 in attorneys' fees and $1,797.99 in costs. (Dkt. 61 ). Guido shall submit a supplemental fee petition for costs associated with the instant petition within 14 days of the filing of this Opinion. See Opinion for further details. Mailed notice(lk, )
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
INDIGO OLD CORP., INC. f/k/a
INDIGO STUIDOS, INC.,
THOMAS P. GUIDO,
No. 19 C 7491
Judge Virginia M. Kendall
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Before the Court is Defendant Thomas Guido’s Fee Petition. (Dkt. 61).
While not contesting the reasonableness of the attorneys’ fees and expenses claimed
by Defendant, Plaintiff Indigo Old Corp., Inc. (“Indigo Old”) seeks to defer award of
same. (Dkt. 71). The Court declines Indigo Old’s invitation to defer an award and
grants Guido $57,432.50 in attorneys’ fees and $1,797.99 in costs.
Indigo Old filed suit against Guido on November 13, 2019. (Dkt. 1). A fulsome
description of the conduct and claims at issue may be found in this Court’s April 21,
2021 Memorandum Opinion and Order. (Dkt. 59). Guido and IS Investments, LLC
(“ISI”) moved to dismiss the initial Complaint (Dkt. 12) and Indigo Old responded by
filing the First Amended Complaint on January 30, 2020 (Dkt. 19) which the Court
partially dismissed on July 1, 2020. (Dkt. 32). Indigo Old filed a Second Amended
Complaint on July 22, 2020 (Dkt. 34) which the Court dismissed on November 29,
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2020. (Dkt. 50). Indigo Old filed a Third Amended Complaint on December 18, 2020
(Dkt. 51). The Court once dismissed the Third Amended Complaint with prejudice
on April 21, 2021 and entered judgment. (Dkt. 59; Dkt. 60). Guido now moves for
recovery of attorneys’ fees and expenses. (Dkt.61).
Motion to Defer Ruling on Fee Petition
Indigo Old requests award of attorneys’ fees and expenses be deferred until the
pending appeal to the Seventh Circuit is resolved. (Dkt. 71 ¶ 2). The Court declines
to exercise its discretion to defer ruling on a fee petition during the pendency of an
appeal on the merits. Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(d)(2) advisory committee’s note. Indigo Old
offers no justification for delaying an award other than the possibility that the
Seventh Circuit’s ruling will impact the ultimate allocation of fees and expenses.
(Dkt. 71 ¶ 2). Indigo Old’s motion to defer awarding attorneys’ fees and expenses is
denied. (Dkt. 71).
Attorneys’ Fees and Costs
The Guaranty’s fee-shifting provision affords:
In the event there is a dispute between [Indigo Old] and [Guido]
regarding the Guaranteed Obligations, the prevailing party in such
dispute shall be entitled to costs and expenses incurred, including
reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, in connection with such
(Dkt. 51-2 at 3); Webb v. Fin. Indus. Regulatory Auth., Inc., 889 F.3d 853, 857 (7th
Cir. 2018) (authorizing fee shifting under an express contractual provision as an
exception to Illinois’s application of the “American Rule”). Although Indigo Old does
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not contest the attorneys’ fees and costs claimed by Guido, the Court evaluates their
reasonableness nonetheless. (Dkt. 71 ¶ 1).
Fees shifted pursuant to a contractual provision “require reimbursement for
commercially-reasonable fees no matter how the bills are stated.” Johnson Controls,
Inc. v. Edman Controls, Inc., 712 F.3d 1021, 1027 (7th Cir. 2013) (quoting Matthews
v. Wisconsin Energy Corp., Inc., 642 F.3d 565, 572 (7th Cir. 2011)). Commercial
reasonableness, often indicated by a willingness to pay, is determined by “aggregate
costs in light of the stakes of the case and the opposing party’s litigation strategy.”
Matthews, 642 F.3d at 572. A commercial reasonableness analysis does not require
a “detailed, hour-by-hour review of a prevailing party’s billing records.” Johnson
Controls, Inc., 712 F.3d at 1027 (quoting Matthews, 642 F.3d at 572).
Guido seeks $57,432.50 in attorneys’ fees and $1,797.99 in costs. In support of
that request, Guido submits invoices and billing sheets reflecting $57,432.50 in
attorneys’ fees and $1,797.99 in costs, which Indigo Old does not contest. (Dkts. 611; 71 ¶ 1). Based on a review of the submitted billing sheets and invoices, the Court
sees nothing unreasonable about the $57,432.50 in attorneys’ fees and $1,797.99 in
costs, so these amounts shall be awarded.
Finally, Guido is granted leave to file a supplemental fee petition to recover
the reasonable costs and fees incurred in preparing the instant motion.
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Guido is awarded $57,432.50 in attorneys’ fees and $1,797.99 in costs. (Dkt.
61). Guido shall submit a supplemental fee petition for costs associated with the
instant petition within 14 days of the filing of this Opinion.
Date: July 19, 2021
Virginia M. Kendall
United States District Judge
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