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BWANA ABBOTT’S SAFARI One of FLRA’s surviving Trump appointees, Jim Abbott, is the labor law equivalent of the great white hunters of Colonial Africa who ravaged its wildlife and exploited its population just for the fun of it- or maybe … Continue reading

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ATTORNEY FEE INSANITY MUST STOP We will admit that the greed-bordering-on thievery of two particular attorneys has launched us on a now four-year long effort to bring some change to how fees are awarded. Of course, systemic flaws in the … Continue reading

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ANOTHER REASON TO REDUCE ATTORNEY FEES. EEOC just declared again that, as outlined in MD-110, an award of attorney’s fees “may be reduced where the quality of representation was poor, the attorney’s conduct resulted in undue delay or obstruction of … Continue reading

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ANOTHER SINKHOLE OPENS UNDER LAFFEY’S USEFULNESS The D.C Circuit just overturned a District Court decision that held that the Laffey Matrix was not appropriate for reimbursing attorneys in a D.C. discrimination class action case.  The lower court ordered the parties … Continue reading

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THE WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR ATTORNEY FEES? As we all wait to see how Abbott and Kiko put their Trumpian scent an employee’s right to get attorney fees when back pay is awarded, unions need to prepare for the worst … Continue reading

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SHOULD FLRA REWRITE ATTORNEY FEE CASE LAW? While abuses are not rampant, they are there. One lawyer will charge five times what another does to win the same kind of case. Hourly fees are based on seniority rather than the … Continue reading

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UNION ATTORNEY FEES ENTER THE FLRA WOOD CHIPPER It is common knowledge that about the only thing an agency needs to do to prevail at FLRA these days is file.  Consequently, it is not good news for employee representatives when … Continue reading

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AN APPROACHING ATTORNEY FEE APOCALYPSE? Not long ago, deep inside the bowels of a management think tank on a well-guarded federal reservation, some LR managers noticed that in three virtually identical D.C. area, employee suspension cases won by the employees … Continue reading

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HAS FLRA TAKEN SEMI-USEFUL POSITION ON ATTORNEY FEES? Kiko and Abbott just ruled against a union in attorney fee matter that ironically might help other unions down the road.  To being with, they approved an arbitrator’s conclusion that the union … Continue reading

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AGENCY ATTORNEY FEE ASSAULT SHIFTS INTO OVERDRIVE It is no secret that agencies are pushing harder than ever to reduce the costs of collective bargaining, and one of the most aggressive assaults is against a union rep’s right to get … Continue reading

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