Meyer Intellectual Props. Ltd. V. Bodum, Inc., __ F.Supp.2d __, 2007 WL 2110931 (N.D. Ill. Jul. 24, 2007) (Shadur, J.).
Judge Shadur granted plaintiff’s motion for attorneys’ fees and costs related to a motion discovery dispute won by plaintiff, but modified its original award based upon defendant’s explanations (you can read more about this case in the Blog’s archives). The Court explained that the relevant Federal Rule, Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(4)(A), could be paraphrased as “loser pays,” unless the Court finds the losing parties actions or lack of actions were justified or that other circumstances make a fee award unjust. The Court held that defendant’s explanation warranted reducing the original award by 50%. While the Court did not detail the explanation, this case identifies the broad discretion courts have in determining whether to award attorneys’ fees and costs, as well as the size of those awards.