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Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy v. Universal Paragon Corp., A126149

In defendant's suit against a law firm, claiming that an arbitrator's award of $7,554,149.13 in attorney fees and expenses for the law firm, related to its representation of defendant in an underlying complex environmental litigation, is unconscionable and violates public policy, superior court's affirmance of the award is affirmed as, assuming that defendant's claim of unconscionability is subject to judicial review as a predicate for determining whether the arbitration award violates public policy, the claim is rejected on the merits as neither the fee agreement nor the award actually issued by the arbitrator is unconscionable under rule 4-200 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Appellate Information

  • Submitted 08/31/2010
  • Decided 08/31/2010
  • Published 08/31/2010




  • California Court of Appeal


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