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Evans v. Jeff D.

United States Supreme Court
475 U.S. 717 (1986)


Facts

Jeff D. (plaintiff), representing a class of emotionally and mentally handicapped children, sued Evans, the governor of Idaho (Idaho) (defendant) seeking injunctive relief to improve the treatment of institutionalized class members. The representation agreement between the class and the class’s attorney, a member of the Idaho legal aid society, contained no provision regarding attorney’s fees. Prior to trial, Idaho proposed a settlement which granted most of the sought-after injunctive relief but specifically excluded attorney’s fees from the settlement. The district court approved the settlement, and the Idaho Legal Aid Society, who represented Jeff D. et. al., appealed. The court of appeals affirmed, and the Idaho Legal Aid Society petitioned the United States Supreme Court for certiorari.

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