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Forshee v. Waterloo Industries, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
178 F.3d 527 (1999)
Melissa Forshee (plaintiff) sued Waterloo Industries, Inc. (defendant), alleging that she was discharged from her employment after she refused her supervisor’s demands for sexual favors. A jury returned a verdict in Forshee’s favor, awarding $10,369 in backpay damages, $9,631 in compensatory emotional-distress damages, and $14,733 in attorney’s fees. Forshee submitted a motion for attorney’s fees, which requested a $150 hourly rate for attorney Murrey Grider although his regular hourly rate was $100. The district court enhanced Grider’s hourly rate to $125 on a contingency basis. Waterloo appealed, arguing that the trial court abused its discretion by enhancing Grider’s hourly rate.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Loken, J.)
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