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Petition for Rehearing/En Banc, Bywaters v. United States, No. 2011-1032 (Apr. 16, 2012)

Petition for Rehearing/En Banc, Bywaters v. United States, No. 2011-1032 (Apr. 16, 2012)

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2011-1032
United States Court of Appealsfor the Federal Circuit
ASHBURN BYWATERS, CARL LANCASTER,BETTY L. HOHENBERGER, ORMAN RODERICK,JUNE RODERICK, and NAN O. BEELER,
 Plaintiffs-Appellants,v.
UNITED STATES,
 Defendant-Appellee. Appeals from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Case No. 99-CV-0451, Judge Leonard Davis
PETITION OF PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTSFOR REHEARING EN BANC
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES...................................................................................iiiSTATEMENT OF COUNSEL..................................................................................1ARGUMENT IN SUPPORT OF REHEARING EN BANC....................................2I. The panel majority erred by setting a proportionality standard for lodestar calculations of attorneys’ fees awarded under the URA...................4A. The panel majority’s proportionality standard conflicts with the URAand Supreme Court precedent........................................................................4B. The panel majority’s proportionality standard conflicts with rulingsfrom all eleven circuit courts which have addressed this very issue.............8II. The panel majority also creates an unworkable exception to the forumrule and deprives the district court from exercising its discretion..................11CONCLUSION........................................................................................................15ADDENDUMCERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

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