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Booker v. Midpac Lumber Co. Ltd

    Brief Fact Summary.

    Ingman filed a lien for payment after Book fired Ingman as the attorney in the suit against Midpac Lumber Co. Ltd.

    Synopsis of Rule of Law.

    A court does not have to only consider the time a discharged attorney spent on a case under the reasonable-fee rule if other reasonable factors exist.

    Facts.

    Booker hired Ingman to represent him in a suit against Midpac Lumber Co. Ltd (Midpac). Ingman was supposed to receive one-third of Booker’s damages award in the suit, but was fired after Ingmanintiated the lawsuit. Ingman filed a lien for payment and filed an appeal after the trial court awarded Ingman $1,500 in attorney’s fees.

    Issue.

    Whether a court can only use the time a discharged attorney spent on a case under the reasonable-fee rule?

    Held.

    No. The judgment of the trial court is reversed. The trial court erred by refusing to acknowledge the fee agreement and the value of Booker’s suit against Midpac.

    Discussion.

    A court does not have to only consider the time a discharged attorney spent on a case under the reasonable-fee rule if other reasonable factors exist.


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