8th Circuit trims fee request in marriage case | Arkansas Blog

Monday, September 14, 2015

8th Circuit trims fee request in marriage case

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today trimmed the request for attorney fees to be paid by Arkansas in the appellate portion of the successful challenge of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The court gave appellants $7,463.75 against the state of Arkansas for their work on the state's appeal of Judge Kristine Baker's ruling that invalidated the ban. A separate, larger request for attorney fees is pending at the lower court (some $66,000 by Jack Wagoner's law firm and Cheryl Maples). A fee request is also pending before Arkansas Circuit Judge Chris Piazza for work by prevailing plaintiffs' attorneys in the separate state case that invalidated the ban.  Maples is seeking $256,000 and Wagoner $95,000.

The 8th Circuit affirmed the federal district court ruling after the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional. Arguments weren't held in the case pending the Supreme Court's resolution of a case from another circuit.

Attorneys Jack Wagoner and Angela Mann of the Wagoner Law Firm had asked the appeals court for $12,897.50. The 8th Circuit didn't explain its reasoning, but its lower award appears to have granted fees they claimed in excess of that already paid in $5,110 contributed to Wagoner's work by the Arkansas Public Law Center, a nonprofit public interest group on whose board I sit. The Center paid a reduced rate, $100 an hour, to assist the Wagoner firm's work. Wagoner's fee request said he'd reimburse that amount to the center.

Wagoner argued that Supreme Court precedent allows payment of fees to a winning lawyer even when they've received support from outside organizations. The state disputed that and argued Wagoner wasn't entitled to anything, having already been paid $5,1110.


Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation