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Attorney Fees Memo

Attorney Fees Memo

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAII
Hawaii Defense Foundation, Christopher Baker, and Derek Scammon Plaintiffs, vs. City and County of Honolulu; Andrew Lum, in his personal and official capacity; John Does 1-10 in their personal and official capacities. Defendants.  ________________________________ ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CASE NO. CV 12-00469JMS-RLP MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF
MOTION FOR ATTORNEYS’ FEES
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF
MOTION FOR ATTORNEYS’ FEES
 
Case 1:12-cv-00469-JMS-RLP Document 56-1 Filed 02/04/14 Page 1 of 44 PageID #: 365
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
II. STATEMENT OF FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
III. ARGUMENT
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
A. Plaintiffs are entitled to
Attorneys’ Fees and Costs.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
B. The Lodestar Method  justifies the requested fee.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
C. Counsel deserves at least the hourly
Rate contemplated by the “Laffey Matrix.”
. . . . . . . . . 13
D. Johnson/Kerr Factors
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
IV. CONCLUSION
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES Reported Cases
:
 Bland v. Roberts
, 730 F.3d 368 (4th Cir. 2013) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
 Blum v. Stenson
, 465 U.S. 886 (1984) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
 Buckhammon Bd. & Care Home, Inc. v.
W. Va. Dep’t of Health & Human Res.
, 532 U.S. 598 (2001) . . . . . . 8
Chalmers v. City of Los Angeles
, 796 F.2d 1205 (9th Cir. 1986) . . . . 9, 10, 31
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc. v. City of Clearwater,
 2 F.3d 1514 (11th Cir.1993) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
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ii
City of Burlington v. Dague,
 505 U.S. 557 (1992) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
City of Mesquite v. Aladdin's Castle, Inc.
, 455 U.S. 283 (1982) . . . . . 8
City of Riverside v. Rivera
, 477 U.S. 561 (1986) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 10-11
 Davis v. City & Cnty. of San Francisco,
 976 F.2d 1536 (9th Cir.1992) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 17
 Dennis v. Chang 
, 611 F.2d 1302 (9th Cir. 1980) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12
 Doe v. Keala
, 361 F.Supp.2d 1171 (D. Haw. 2005) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
 Farrar v. Hobby
, 506 U.S. 103 (1992) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
 F.T.C. v. Affordable Media
, 179 F.3d 1228 (9th Cir. 1999) . . . . . . . . 8
 Gates v. Deukmijian
, 987 F.2d 1392 (9th Cir. 1992) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24
 Hensley v. Eckerhart 
, 461 U.S. 424 (1983) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 10
 Interfaith Community Organization v.  Honeywell International, Inc.,
 426 F.3d 694 (3rd Cir. 2005) . . . . . . . . 32
 Jordan v. Multnomah County
, 815 F.2d 1258 (9th Cir. 1987) . . . . . . 13
 Kay v. Ehrier 
, 499 U.S. 432 (1991) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
 Kerr v. Quinn,
 692 F.2d 875 (2nd Cir. 1982) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
 Kerr v. Screen Actors Guild, Inc
., 526 F.2d 67 (9th Cir. 1975) . . . . . . 10
 McGrath v. Cty. Of Nevada
, 67 F.3d 248 (9th Cir. 1995) . . . . . . . . . . 10
 Missouri v. Jenkins
, 491 U.S. 274 (1989) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
 Moreno v. City of Sacramento
, 534 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir. 2008) . . . . . . 12, 26, 27
 Page v. Lexington County School District,
531 F.3d 275 (4
th
 Cir. 2008) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
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