959 F.2d 716 (8th Cir. 1992), 91-1638, Little Rock School Dist. v. Pulaski County Special School Dist No. 1

Docket Nº:91-1638, 91-1648, and 91-2462.
Citation:959 F.2d 716
Party Name:LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT, Appellant, Anne Mitchell; Bob Moore; Pat Gee; Pat Rayburn; Mary J. Gage; North Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association; Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers; Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association; Alexa Armstrong; Karlos Armstrong; Ed Bullington; Khayyam Davis; Janice Dent; John Harrison; Alvin Hudson; Tati
Case Date:March 23, 1992
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
 
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959 F.2d 716 (8th Cir. 1992)

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT, Appellant,

Anne Mitchell; Bob Moore; Pat Gee; Pat Rayburn; Mary J.

Gage; North Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association;

Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers; Little Rock

Classroom Teachers Association; Alexa Armstrong; Karlos

Armstrong; Ed Bullington; Khayyam Davis; Janice Dent;

John Harrison; Alvin Hudson; Tatia Hudson; Milton

Jackson; Lorene Joshua; Leslie Joshua; Stacy Joshua;

Wayne Joshua; Katherine Knight; Sara Matthews; Becky

McKinney; Derrick Miles; Janice Miles; John M. Miles;

NAACP; Joyce Person; Brian Taylor; Hilton Taylor; Parsha

Taylor; Robert Willingham; Tonya Willingham, Intervenors,

v.

PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT # 1; North Little

Rock School District; Leon Barnes; Sheryl Dunn; Mac

Faulkner; Richard A. Giddings; Marianne Gosser; Don

Hindman; Shirley Lowery; Bob Lyon; George A. McCrary;

Bob Moore; Steve Morley; Buddy Raines; David Sain; Bob

Stender; Dale Ward; John Ward; Judy Wear; Grainger

Williams, Defendants,

Philip E. Kaplan; Janet Pulliam; John Bilheimer; P.A.

Hollingsworth, Appellees.

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT, Appellee,

Anne Mitchell; Bob Moore; Pat Gee; Pat Rayburn; Mary J.

Gage; North Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association;

Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers; Little Rock

Classroom Teachers Association; Alexa Armstrong; Karlos

Armstrong; Ed Bullington; Khayyam Davis; Janice Dent;

John Harrison; Alvin Hudson; Tatia Hudson; Milton

Jackson; Lorene Joshua; Leslie Joshua; Stacy Joshua;

Wayne Joshua; Katherine Knight; Sara Matthews; Becky

McKinney; Derrick Miles; Janice Miles; John M. Miles;

NAACP; Joyce Person; Brian Taylor; Hilton Taylor; Parsha

Taylor; Robert Willingham; Tonya Willingham, Intervenors,

v.

PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT # 1; North Little

Rock School District; Leon Barnes; Sheryl Dunn; Mac

Faulkner; Richard A. Giddings; Marianne Gosser; Don

Hindman; Shirley Lowery; Bob Lyon; George A. McCrary;

Bob Moore; Steve Morley; Buddy Raines; David Sain; Bob

Stender; Dale Ward; John Ward; Judy Wear; Grainger

Williams, Defendants,

Philip E. Kaplan; Janet Pulliam; John Bilheimer; P.A.

Hollingsworth, Appellants.

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT, Appellant,

Anne Mitchell; Bob Moore; Pat Gee; Pat Rayburn; Mary J.

Gage; North Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association;

Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers; Little Rock

Classroom Teachers Association; Alexa Armstrong; Karlos

Armstrong; Ed Bullington; Khayyam Davis; Janice Dent;

John Harrison; Alvin Hudson; Tatia Hudson; Milton

Jackson; Lorene Joshua; Leslie Joshua; Stacy Joshua;

Wayne Joshua; Katherine Knight; Sara Matthews; Becky

McKinney; Derrick Miles; Janice Miles; John M. Miles;

NAACP; Joyce Person; Brian Taylor; Hilton Taylor; Parsha

Taylor; Robert Willingham; Tonya Willingham, Intervenors,

v.

PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT # 1; North Little

Rock School District; Leon Barnes; Sheryl Dunn; Mac

Faulkner; Richard A. Giddings; Marianne Gosser; Don

Hindman; Shirley Lowery; Bob Lyon; George A. McCrary;

Bob Moore; Steve Morley; Buddy Raines; David Sain; Bob

Stender; Dale Ward; John Ward; Judy Wear; Grainger

Williams, Defendants,

Philip E. Kaplan; Janet Pulliam; John Bilheimer; P.A.

Hollingsworth, Appellees.

Nos. 91-1638, 91-1648, and 91-2462.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

March 23, 1992

Submitted Jan. 7, 1992.

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Christopher J. Heller, Little Rock, Ark., argued, for appellant.

Otis Henry Storey, III, Little Rock, Ark., argued (Lawrence J. Brady, on brief), for appellees.

Before ARNOLD, Chief Judge, HEANEY, Senior Circuit Judge, and WOLLMAN, Circuit Judge.

PER CURIAM.

The Little Rock School District (LRSD) appeals from an order of the district court awarding the Kaplan group, attorneys for LRSD in school desegregation litigation, attorneys fees in the sum of $555,272.25 with interest at the rate of 6.62% per annum from February 6, 1991. The Kaplan group cross-appeals from this order. LRSD also appeals from an order of the district court awarding to the Kaplan group an additional sum of $25,562.93 with interest at 6% from May 24, 1991 for its attorneys fees in this action. We affirm the district court's decision that the Kaplan group is entitled to additional attorneys fees for their services, but reduce the sum awarded to $241,714.59 with interest from February 6, 1991 at 6.62%. We also affirm the district court's award to the Kaplan group for fees received by them in the district court for prosecuting this action in the sum of $25,562.93 with interest at 6% from May 24, 1991.

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BACKGROUND

It is agreed by all that the Kaplan group entered into a contract with LRSD on October 8, 1982 to represent the school district in school desegregation litigation. The contract set forth the hourly rates that various members of the Kaplan group were to be paid for their services. It noted that these rates were less than the rate regularly charged to their clients, and it stated that the rates were to be...

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