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Joel Edward CHANDLER, Appellant, v. KCCS, INC., Appellee.

Case No. 2D16–3091

Decided: August 30, 2017

Nathan A. Carney of Carney Law Firm, P.A., Tampa, for Appellant. Brant Hargrove, Tallahassee, for Appellee.

Joel Chandler appeals from a final order awarding KCCS, Inc., fees pursuant to section 57.105(1), Florida Statutes (2016). We affirm the decision to award sanctions but reverse as to the amount awarded. Although there was evidence presented at the evidentiary hearing as to the hourly rate and the reasonableness of the fees, the only evidence detailing the work actually completed consisted of an affidavit and related documents that were neither introduced into evidence nor stipulated to at the hearing. The evidence was thus insufficient to support the award. See Saussy v. Saussy, 560 So.2d 1385, 1386 (Fla. 2d DCA 1990) (“To support a fee award, there must be the following:  (1) evidence detailing the services performed and (2) expert testimony as to the reasonableness of the fee.” (citing Nivens v. Nivens, 312 So.2d 201 (Fla. 2d DCA 1975)));  Diwakar v. Montecito Palm Beach Condo. Ass'n, 143 So.3d 958, 960 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014) (“Competent evidence includes invoices, records and other information detailing the services provided as well as the testimony from the attorney in support of the fee.” (quoting Brewer v. Solovsky, 945 So.2d 610, 611 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006))). Because there was some competent evidence presented to support the award, we remand for further proceedings as to the proper amount of fees. See Colson v. State Farm Bank, F.S.B., 183 So.3d 1038, 1040 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015) (“[W]here the record includes some evidence supporting the fee ․ award, this court may remand for further proceedings.”);  Morton v. Heathcock, 913 So.2d 662, 670 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005) (reversing fee award because record did “not include the essential evidentiary support” required but remanding for additional hearing because record contained “some competent substantial evidence to support a fee award”);  see also Xhelaj v. McCormick 105, LLC, 219 So.3d 989 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017).

Reversed and remanded.



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