this case are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that this Court “got it right.”
III. AUTHORITYA. Plaintiffs are the “Prevailing Party” for the Purposes of Determining Attorneys’ Fees
This case was brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Prevailing parties under Section 1983 are entitled to an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees. 42 U.S.C. § 1988. “[P]laintiffs may be considered ‘prevailing parties’ for attorney’s fees purposes if they succeed on any significant issue in litigation which achieves some of the benefit the parties sought in bringing suit.”
Hensley v. Eckerhart
, 461 U.S. 424, 433, 103 S. Ct. 1933 (1983).Where a plaintiff has obtained excellent results, his attorney should recover a fully compensatory fee. Normally this will encompass all hours reasonably expended on the litigation, and indeed in some cases of exceptional success an enhanced award may be justified. In these circumstances the fee award should not be reduced simply because the plaintiff failed to prevail on every contention raised in the lawsuit.
at 435. Whether or not Plaintiffs succeeded on every claim or every motion is unimportant—“[t]he result is what matters.”
This fee should not be reduced "simply because the plaintiff failed to prevail on every contention raised in the lawsuit." But if the plaintiff achieved only limited success, the court should reduce the award accordingly.
Harper v. BP Exploration & Oil, Inc.,
3 Fed. Appx. 204, 207 (6th Cir. 2001) (quoting
It is hard to imagine a more favorable result for the Plaintiffs in this case. Although counsel is not requesting enhanced fees, this case should be considered an exceptional success.
B. The Appropriate Method for Determining Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees is the Lodestar Approach
The lodestar approach is used to determine reasonable attorneys’ fees.
See Hensley v. Eckerhart,
461 U.S. 424, 433-37 (1983). The lodestar is calculated by multiplying the number of hours the prevailing party reasonably expended on the litigation by a reasonable hourly rate.
Morales v. City of
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