Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, April 25.
On Tuesday the court hears oral argument in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County. Ronald Mann has our preview.
On Tuesday the court also hears oral argument in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell. Amy Howe has our preview.

Breaking News :

Breaking News :

Perdue v. Kenny A.

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-970 11th Cir. Oct 14, 2009
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Apr 21, 2010 5-4 Alito OT 2009

Holding: A federal court can award larger-than-usual attorney's fees to a civil rights lawyer who gives an especially strong performance in a particular case, but only in extraordinary circumstances.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito on April 21, 2010. Justice Breyer concurred in part and dissented in part, joined by Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor.

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