Coward v. Jabe et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION re: pltf's Motion for Attorney Fees and Expenses. Signed by District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on 11/09/17. (pmil, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
KALVIN DONNELL COWARD,
A. DAVID ROBINSON, Chief of
Corrections, ^ aL,
Before the Court is plaintiff Kalvin Donnell Coward's ("Cowaird" or "plaintiff) Motion
for Attorney Fees and Expenses ("PL's Mot. Fees") [Dkt. No. 242], in which plaintiff seeks an
order awarding his counsel $388,967.50 in attorneys' fees and $31,255.00 in litigation expenses.
Defendants A. David Robinson and Harold W. Clarke (collectively, "defendants") argue that the
amount of plaintiffs request is unreasonable due to block-billing and vague entries, multiple
timekeepers billing time for the same task, and that some portions of the request relate to
irrelevant matters. For the reasons that follow, plaintiffs motion will be granted in part and
denied in part, and counsel for plaintiff will be awarded a total of $338,268.30, consisting of
$310,748.30 in attorneys' fees and $27,520.00 in expenses.
The factual and procedural background of this case is fully recounted in the Court's
Memorandum Opinion. See Coward v. Robinson. No. lO-cv-147, 2017 WL 3699866 (E.D. Va.
Aug. 28, 2017). In brief, plaintiff alleged that defendants, in their capacities as employees of the
Virginia Department of Corrections, unlawfully impeded his religious exercise as an adherent of
the Nationsof Gods and Earths ("NGE" or "the Nation") in violation of the Religious Land Use
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