Topolewski et al v. Blyschak et al
ORDER. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that 52 , 53 defendants' motions for attorneys fees are DENIED without prejudice. Defendants have until 4/4/17, to file renewed motions for attorneys fees. Signed by Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey on 3/21/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - ADR)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Gary Topolewski, et al.,
Order Denying Motions for Attorney’s
Paula Blyschak, et al.,
[ECF Nos. 52, 53]
On November 6, 2016, I granted defendants Lee A. Cowley, Joshua Woods, Vivian Cheung,
Amir A. Fazel, Aman Walia, Jacqui Ross, Andrea Mosher and their law firm Cowley and Company
Law Firm (“the Cowley defendants”) and Tim Kilbrais’s dismissal motions,1 and I dismissed all
claims against these defendants with prejudice based on lack of personal jurisdiction, noting that
plaintiff’s2 claims also either failed as a matter of law or as plead.3 And because I found that these
defects could not be cured by amendment, I denied plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend.4 The
Cowley defendants and Kilbrais now separately move for attorney’s fees and costs under FRCP
54(d) and NRS 18.010(2).5
Though defendants address the merits of plaintiff’s claims and argue that the claims were
brought or maintained without reasonable grounds as required for an award of fees under NRS
18.010, neither party complies with the requirements of Local Rule 54-14, which requires parties
ECF Nos. 11, 12.
At the hearing on the dismissal motions and motion for leave to amend, plaintiffs’ consented to
dismissal of all claims brought by Gary Topolewski and Bud Zukaloff leaving only Metal Jeans, Inc.
as a plaintiff.
I did not reach defendants’ claim-preclusion arguments.
ECF No. 24.
“ ECF Nos. 52, 53.
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seeking attorney’s fees from this court to provide a “reasonable itemization and description of the
work performed,” “[a]n itemization of all costs sought to be charged as part of the fee award and not
otherwise taxable” under the local rules, and a brief summary of various factors designed to allow
the court to determine whether the fees requested are reasonable. The Cowley defendants attach an
itemized list of costs to their motion but offer no billing statements to show how they arrived at the
$16,800 in attorney’s fees they request, nor do they address the other factors required under LR 54-
14(b)(3). Likewise, Kilbrai attaches no documentation to support his request for more than double
that amount in attorney’s fees, and he makes no attempt to explain why these fees are reasonable.6 I
am thus unable to tell from the information before me whether these defendants are entitled to the
fees they request. I therefore deny both motions for attorney’s fees without prejudice and give
defendants until April 4, 2017, to file rule-compliant motions for attorney’s fees. Any future denials
will be with prejudice.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendants’ motions for attorney’s fees [ECF
Nos. 52, 53] are DENIED without prejudice. Defendants have until April 4, 2017, to file
renewed motions for attorney’s fees.
March 21, 2017
Jennifer A. Dorsey
United States District Judge
Kilbrai attaches a supplemental attorney affidavit to his reply, but I decline to consider this
information because it was provided for the first time in the reply, which deprived plaintiff of a fair
opportunity to respond to it. See ECF No. 66-1.
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