Brasseaux v. Allied Interstate, Inc.
ORDER: ADOPTING 28 Report and Recommendations, Granting 13 Motion for Attorney Fees filed by Barbara Brasseaux. For the reasons stated herein, the Court adopts the Report in its entirety. Plaintiff's motion [dkt. no. 13] is GRANTED and the Clerk of the Court is respectfully requested to enter judgment for Plaintiff in the amount of $4,384. (Signed by Judge Loretta A. Preska on 3/11/2013) (djc) Modified on 3/14/2013 (djc).
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
12 Civ. 1323 (LAP)
ALLIED INTERSTATE, INC.,
LORETTA A. PRESKA, Chief United States District Judge:
On May 25, 2012, Plaintiff filed a motion seeking
attorneys' fees and costs incurred in connection with
Plaintiff's action brought under the Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act, 15 U.S.C.
has accepted a modest offer of judgment made by Allied
The offer of judgment included reasonable
costs and attorneys' fees.
Plaintiff seeks $7,518 in fees and
The Court referred the attorneys' fees motion to Magistrate
Judge Freeman, who issued a Report and Recommendation on January
30, 2013 (the "Report") which considered and assessed the
detailed time records provided by the Kimmel Firm.
recommended that Plaintiff be awarded $4,034 in fees and $350 in
costs, for a total award of $4,384.
(Report at 30.)
advised that the parties shall have fourteen days from service
of the Report to file written objections.
submitted any objections to the Report.
For the reasons set
forth below, the Court adopts the Report in its entirety.
A district court may adopt portions of a magistrate's
report to which "no specific, written objection" is made, as
long as those sections are not clearly erroneous.
Fed.R.Civ.p. 72 b
Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985).
district judge may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in
part, the findings and recommendation of the magistrate.
DeLuca v. Lord, 858 F.Supp. 1330, 1345 (S.D.N.Y. 1994).
The Report is not clearly erroneous.
Freeman's determinations are supported by the law and the record
in all material respects.
Magistrate Judge Freeman used the
"lodestar" method, which is arrived at by multiplying "the
number of hours reasonably expended on the litigation
reasonable hourly rate," Hensley v. Eckerhart, 461 U.S. 424
(1983), to evaluate Plaintiff's request for attorneys' fees and
costs and modified the requested amount from $7,518 to $4,384.
For the reasons stated herein, the Court adopts the Report
in its entirety.
Plaintiff's motion [dkt. no. 13] is GRANTED and the Clerk
of the Court is respectfully requested to enter judgment for
Plaintiff in the amount of $4,384.
New York, New York
LORETTA A. PRESKA,
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