Kennedy v. Schneider Electric et al
ORDER re 73 STATEMENT VERIFIED STATEMENT OF ATTORNEYS' FEES PURUSANT TO 28 U.S.C. SECTION 1746. The Court AWARDS Defendant against Plaintiff's attorney, John H. Davis, $10,627.16 in reasonable attorney's fees and other expenses incurred in responding to the Motion to Set Aside Judgment and in bringing the Motion for Sanctions. Signed by Magistrate Judge Paul R Cherry on 3/30/2017. (lhc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC f/k/a
SQUARE D COMPANY,
CAUSE NO. 2:12-CV-122-PRC
OPINION AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on a Verified Statement of Attorney Fees Pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 1746 [DE 73], filed by Plaintiff Defendant Schneider Electric, Inc. on March 13, 2017.
On March 1, 2017, the Court issued an Opinion and Order at docket entry 72 on, inter alia,
Defendant Schneider Electric’s Motion for Sanctions. Therein, the Court granted Defendant’s
Motion and ordered Plaintiff’s attorney, John H. Davis, to pay the reasonable attorney’s fees and
other expenses incurred by Defendant in responding to Plaintiff’s Motion to Set Aside the Judgment
and in bringing the Motion for Sanctions. The Court ordered Defendant to file a statement of
expenses with supporting documentation on or before March 15, 2017. Defendant filed the instant
Verified Statement of Attorney Fees Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, requesting $328.16 in costs and
$10,299.00 in fees for 35.90 hours of work at an average hourly rate of approximately $287.1 No
response has been filed, and the deadline by which to do so has passed.
Plaintiff has filed a Notice of Appeal in this matter. However, an award of fees is not a final
judgment until the court determines how much must be paid. McCarter v. Ret. Plan for Dist.
Managers of Am. Family Ins. Grp., 540 F.3d 649, 654 (7th Cir. 2008); see also Feldman v. Olin
The hourly rates charged range from $195 to $385.
Corp, 692 F.3d 748, 758 (7th Cir. 2012) (finding that an order granting a motion for sanctions was
nonfinal because it reserved the calculation of fees). Further, the award at issue here is entered
against Davis only and not against Plaintiff, and Davis has not filed a Notice of Appeal on his own
behalf. Any appeal against the fee award must be brought by Davis. See Feldman, 692 F.3d at 759.
While an appeal is pending, district courts may address issues that are ancillary to the aspects of the
case that are on appeal, such as awards of attorneys’ fees and costs. Kusay v. U.S., 62 F.3d 192, 194
(7th Cir. 1995). Therefore, this Court has the authority to issue an order on the Statement of
Finding the hourly rate and number of hours reasonable, the Court hereby AWARDS
Defendant against Plaintiff’s attorney, John H. Davis, $10,627.16 in reasonable attorney’s fees and
other expenses incurred in responding to the Motion to Set Aside Judgment and in bringing the
Motion for Sanctions.
SO ORDERED this 30th day of March, 2017.
s/ Paul R. Cherry
MAGISTRATE JUDGE PAUL R. CHERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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