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City's Facebook Reponse to Attorney Fees

City's Facebook Reponse to Attorney Fees

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DONNA Y.L. LEONG, 3226Corporation CounselCURTIS E. SHERWOOD, 7851Deputy Corporation Counsel530 S. King Street, Room 110City and County of HonoluluHonolulu, Hawai‘i 96813Telephone: (808) 768-5134Facsimile: (808) 768-5105Email address: csherwood@honolulu.govAttorneys for DefendantsANDREW LUM and theCITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULUIN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAI‘IHAWAII DEFENSE FOUNDATION,CHRISTOPHER BAKER, and DEREK SCAMMON,Plaintiffs,vs.CITY AND COUNTY OFHONOLULU; ANDREW LUM, IN HISPERSONAL AND OFFICIALCAPACITY; JOHN DOES 1-10 INTHEIR PERSONAL AND OFFICIALCAPACITIES,Defendants.))))))))))))))))))))CIVIL No. CV12-00469 JMS RLPDEFENDANTS CITY AND COUNTYOF HONOLULU AND ANDREWLUM’S MEMORANDUM INOPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF’SMOTION FOR ATTORNEY FEESFILED FEBRUARY 4, 2014;DECLARATION OF COUNSEL;CERTIFICATE OF SERVICEDEFENDANTS CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU AND ANDREWLUM’S MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF’SMOTION FOR ATTORNEY FEES FILED FEBRUARY 4, 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLEOFAUTHORITIES................................................................................. ivI. INTRODUCTION.....................................
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II. PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND............................................................ 3III. DISCUSSION........................................................................................... 6A. Plaintiffs’ Memorandum in Support of their Motion Violates LocalRule 7.5 and Should Be Stricken ........................................................ 6B. Plaintiffs Are Not Entitled to Recover Unreasonable Attorneys’ Fees. 6
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 ALCULATION 
.......................................................... 26IV. CONCLUSION....................................................................................... 26
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iii
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
Cases 
Aslam v. Malen & Assocs., 669 F.Supp.2d 275 (E.D.N.Y. 2009)-------------------20Au v. The Funding Group, Inc., 2013 WL 1187919 (D. Haw. Mar. 21, 2013) ----22City of Burlington v. Dague, 505 U.S. 557 (1992) ------------------------------------12Davis v. City and County of San Francisco, 976 F.2d 1536, 1549 (9th Cir. 1992)- 7Fischer v. SJB-P.D., Inc., 214 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 2000)------------------------------ 6Frankl v. HGH Corp., 2012 WL 1755423 (Ct.Sp.App. of Md. 1998)---------- 7,9,21Gates v. Deukmejian, 987 F.2d 1392 (9th Cir. 1992) ---------------------------------13Harris v. Trash Man, LLC, 2013 WL 1932715 (D. Haw. Apr. 16, 2013) -- 11,20,24Heller v. District of Columbia, 832 F. Supp.2d 32 (2011)----------------------------- 8Hensley v. Eckerhart, 461 U.S. 424 (1983) --------------------------------------------- 6I.T. ex rel. Renee T. v. Dep’t of Educ., Hawaii,2012 WL 6969333 (D. Haw. Nov. 30, 2012) ----------------------------------------23Jordan v. Multnomah County, 815 F.2d 1258 (9th Cir. 1987) ------------------------ 8Kerr v. Screen Extras Guild, Inc., 526 F.2d 67 (9th Cir. 1975) --------------------7,26Morales v. City of San Rafael, 96 F. 3d 359, 364 n. 9 (9th Cir. 1996)--------------- 7 Nat’l Wildlife Fed. v. Hanson, 859 F.2d 313, 318 (4th Cir. 1988) ------------------12Pennsylvania v. Delaware Valley Citizens' Council for Clean Air,483 U.S. 711 (1987) --------------------------------------------------------------------- 6Robinson v. City of Edmond, 160 F.3d 1275 (10th Cir. 1998)-----------------------22Signature Homes of Hawaii, LLC v. Cascade Sur. & Bonding, Inc.,2007 WL 2258725 (D. Haw. Aug. 3, 2007)------------------------------------------22Shea v. Kahuku Hous. Found., Inc.,2011 WL 1261150 (D. Haw. Mar. 31, 2011) ----------------------------------------12Soler v. G & U, Inc., 801 F.Supp. 1056 (S.D.N.Y. 1992) ----------------------------13Sound v. Koller, 2010 WL 1992198 (D. Haw. Mar. 5, 2010)--------------------12,20Tirona v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 821 F. Supp. 632 (D. Haw. 1993)------13U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n v. Yamamura,2009 WL 5851091 (D. Haw. Sept. 30, 2009) ---------------------------------------12Webb v. Ada County, 285 F.3d 829 (9th Cir. 2002) ----------------------------------- 8Wereb v. Cnty. of Maui, 2010 WL 431976 (D. Haw. Feb. 4, 2010) ----------------11World Triathlon Corp. v. Dunbar, 539 F. Supp. 2d 1270 (D. Haw. 2008)----------24Yamada v. Weaver, 2012 WL 6019363 (D. Haw. Aug. 30, 2012) --------------11,12
Rules 
Local Rule 7.5 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------6,18Local Rule 54.3(d) ----------------------------------------------------------- 6,10,14,18,19
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