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Prevailing Party in Civil Action Entitled to Recover Costs

A party prevailing in a civil action is entitled to recover their costs. Fla. Stat. s. 57.041(1) (“The party recovering judgment shall recover all his or her legal costs and charges which shall be included in the judgment….”).    Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.525 provides that a “party seeking a judgment taxing costs…shall serve a motion no later than 30 days after filing of the judgment….”).   Check out this article to understand the type of taxable costs a prevailing party in a civil action is entitled.  A prevailing party’s counsel moving to recover legal costs does not need to verify the...

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Litigating the Amount of Contractual Attorney’s Fees

Recovering attorney’s fees is a vital component of many claims. Parties that have a contractual or statutory basis to recover attorney’s fees want to know they will get a judgment for reasonable attorney’s fees if they prevail in the underlying action.   This oftentimes results in litigating the amount of fees. There is authority that when parties seek fees pursuant to a statute, they are not entitled to fees associated with litigating the amount of fees. See State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Palma, 629 So.2d 830 (Fla. 1993). What about if a party seeks fees pursuant to a contract? Can the party...

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Prevailing Party for Purposes of Attorney’s Fees in Breach of Contract Claims

To be entitled to attorney’s fees, there needs to be a contractual or statutory basis to recover attorney’s fees (absent serving a proposal for settlement). There is oftentimes the misconception in breach of contract cases that the party that recovers a positive net judgment will automatically recover their attorney’s fees. While, certainly, sometimes this is the case, this is NOT what you should be banking on. The law has tried to progress to a point where it does not want certain cases to be driven solely by the prospect of recovering attorney’s fees just because you won $1.   The Florida Supreme Court in Moritz v....

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Proposals for Settlement when there is a Contractual or Statutory Basis for Attorney’s Fees

In an earlier posting I talked about proposals for settlement / offers of judgment.   Again, these are used as a vehicle to create an argument for attorney’s fees down the road, particularly in cases where a party does not have a contractual or statutory basis to recover attorney’s fees. Please check out this article for more information on proposals for settlement because they have become an unnecessarily complicated vehicle with nuances that have resulted in an exorbitant amount of case law, some of which is conflicting. As a result, while the argument to recover fees is preserved by serving the...

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