Slaughter et al v. Uponor, Inc. et al

Filing 474

ORDER Granting in Part and Denying in Part 353 Motion for Attorney Fees. RCR is awarded 100% of its taxable costs in the amount of $17,502.72, 20% of its attorneys fees in the amount of $19,312.890, and 20% of its non-taxable costs in the amount of $7,111.50. Signed by Judge Robert C. Jones on 11/29/10. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - ASB)

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