Diegert v. Receivables Performance Management, LLC
DECISION AND ORDER granting in part and denying in part 63 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Hon. Jeremiah J. McCarthy on 3/28/17. (DAZ)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
DECISION AND ORDER
This action has been referred to me by District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo for
supervision of non-dispositive pretrial proceedings .1 Before me is plaintiff’s motion 
for an award of attorney’s fees pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37. For the following reasons, the
motion is granted in part and denied in part.
Familiarity with the relevant facts is presumed. I previously concluded that “[a]n
award of attorney’s fees and costs is appropriate in this case”, and directed plaintiff to file its
application. January 26, 2017 Decision and Order , p. 10. Plaintiff seeks attorney’s fees of
$7,995.00, representing 26.65 hours at an hourly rate of $300.00. Mauro Declaration , ¶¶3-7
and Exhibit A. Although defendant does not question the proposed hourly rate,2 it contends that
certain “block-billed entries should be reduced by seven (7) hours to a total of 19.65 hours”
(totaling $5,895.00). Defendant’s Response .
Bracketed references are to CM/ECF docket entries.
See Barsness v. Takhar Group Collection Services, Ltd., 2016 WL 1177979, *2 (W.D.N.Y. 2016)
(“[t]he court finds the . . . the hourly rates ($300 per hour for experienced attorney . . . ) to be
Rather than analyzing each separate time entry, “[a] district court can exclude
excessive and unreasonable hours from its fee computation by making an across-the-board
reduction in the amount of hours . . . . [B]ased on my experience with the case and after review
of the records submitted, I find that an across-the-board reduction of ten percent would be
appropriate to eliminate duplicative or unnecessary time.” Davis v. Eastman Kodak Co., 758 F.
Supp. 2d 190, 202 (W.D.N.Y. 2010). For the same reason, I conclude that the fees requested by
plaintiff should be reduced by 10% ($799.50), for an award of $7,195.50.
Plaintiff’s motion does not specify whether the award should be made against
defendant, counsel, or both. Since “[t]here is nothing outstanding in this motion to indicate the
[conduct in question] was directed by the clients . . . or was solely the professional judgment of
counsel”, Rich Products Corp. v. Bluemke, 2014 WL 860364, *6 (W.D.N.Y. 2014), “liability for
this award will be jointly borne by both defendant[ ] and their counsel”. Id.
For these reasons, plaintiff’s motion  is granted to the extent of awarding
attorney’s fees in the amount of $7,195.50, payable by defendant and its attorneys jointly, but is
otherwise denied. A further status conference will be held on April 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Counsel
may participate in person or by telephone, upon advance notice to chambers.
Dated: March 28, 2017
/s/ Jeremiah J. McCarthy
JEREMIAH J. MCCARTHY
United States Magistrate Judge
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