Monday, June 09, 2014

Hill v. Dregery (Cal. Ct. App. - June 9, 2014)

This opinion might perhaps come out the correct way.  But I think it'd materially benefit from inclusion of the following line (or at least thought):

"Our decision affirming the trial court's award of attorney's fees results from the standard of review on appeal.  Appellant's arguments might well justify a substantially reduced fee award.  However, we defer to the trial court's contrary decision to award the full amount of requested fees.  This decision was not an abuse of discretion."

I say that because, were I the trial court, I might well have awarded only a fraction of the fees sought here.

Rightly so, I think.