Category Archives: Attorney Fees

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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REMEMBER, LAFFEY IS NOT ENOUGH A good attorney working for a union cannot only make arbitrations virtually cost free, but also build up a sizeable litigation fund for the union when bigger threats appear—if they know how to properly petition … 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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ATTORNEY FEE TURMOIL AHEAD? In NAGE and DOD, DLA, 69 FLRA 572 (2016) the Authority signaled that it is willing to reconsider the criteria for approving employee attorney fee petitions. Given the pre-disposition of the two Trump appointees, Kiko and Abbott, unions and … Continue reading

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AGENCY OPTIONS WHEN UNION LAWYERS LIE This is a hypothetical; any connection to facts you may know of is purely coincidental. We have a great deal of respect for most union leaders and generally wish them the best.  But every … Continue reading

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TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR ATTORNEY FEE PETITIONS Yes, we admit that this is a pet peeve for us.  If even a few attorneys submit outlandish fee requests to EEOC, MSPB or arbitrators that will hand those already looking to screw over … Continue reading

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