The 175-page monograph by the Federal Judicial Center addresses both
the doctrinal and case-management aspects of fee awards. It analyzes the
law of attorneys' fee awards under fee-shifting statutes, the common fund
doctrine and its offspring, and the substantial benefit doctrine, and
addresses an issue of special significance to bankruptcy courts--the
propriety of sua sponte review of fee petitions. It also presents a
selection of case-management strategies, based on interviews with judges,
attorneys, U.S. trustees, and others. The Center's budget precludes
distribution of printed copies to the general public.
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