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Gastineau v. Wright, 09-1003

District court's award of $53,305.00 in attorney's fees rather than plaintiffs' attorney's request for $140,290.00 in an action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, is affirmed as the district court's conclusion was not clearly erroneous in finding that, although the attorney negotiated a final settlement, it was inappropriate that a substantial portion of the hours billed were to compensate him for learning the area of the law, as he became involved so late in the case.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/13/2009
  • Decided 01/19/2010
  • Published 01/19/2010


  • KANNE, Circuit Judge., Before KANNE and TINDER, Circuit Judges, and GRIESBACH, District Judge.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Robert E. Duff, Indiana Consumer Law Group, Lebanon, IN, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • John M. Mccrum, Attorney, Eichhorn & Eichhorn, Hammond, IN, for Defendants-Appellees.