Disante v. Fladager, A175756

CourtCourt of Appeals of Oregon
Writing for the CourtKAMINS, J.
Citation322 Or.App. 787
PartiesLisa DISANTE, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Anna FLADAGER, Defendant-Appellant.
Docket NumberA175756
Decision Date23 November 2022

322 Or.App. 787

Lisa DISANTE, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.

Anna FLADAGER, Defendant-Appellant.

A175756

Court of Appeals of Oregon

November 23, 2022


This is a nonprecedential memorandum opinion pursuant to ORAP 10.30 and may not be cited except as provided in ORAP 10.30(1).

Argued and Submitted October 26, 2022

Douglas County Circuit Court 20LT05132, Jason R. Thomas, Judge pro tempore.

Harry Ainsworth argued the cause and fled the brief for appellant.

No appearance for respondent.

Before Tookey, Presiding Judge, and Egan, Judge, and Kamins, Judge.

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[322 Or.App. 788] KAMINS, J.

Defendant appeals a supplemental judgment awarding attorney fees to her in an amount less than that which she had requested. Defendant raises six assignments of error challenging various aspects of the trial court's award of attorney fees. Our resolution of defendant's first assignment of error obviates the need to address her second through sixth assignments of error. We vacate and remand.

"When a trial court is obliged to make findings and conclusions regarding attorney fees, those findings are adequate where they describe relevant facts and legal criteria for the court's decision to award or deny attorney fees in any terms that are sufficiently clear to permit meaningful appellate review." Harcourts Integrity Team Real Estate Services v. Ralph, 314 Or.App. 27, 32, 497 P.3d 1253 (2021) (internal quotation marks omitted). In her first assignment of error, defendant contends that the trial court erred "in not putting sufficient findings of fact and conclusions of law on the record to comply with ORCP 68 C(4)(g) and to enable meaningful appellate review of its ruling or inform the parties of the basis of its decision." We agree with defendant that the trial court's findings of fact and conclusions of law were insufficient to permit meaningful appellate review.

Specifically, regarding the trial court's decision to award travel time at a rate of $100 per hour as opposed to the requested $350 per hour, the trial court's statement that that amount was "appropriate," without more, is insufficient to permit meaningful appellate review. Likewise, the trial court's decision to award attorney fees for preparation in an amount of "not more than double the amount of court time" is insufficient to permit meaningful appellate review. See Bearden v. N.W. E., Inc., 298 Or.App. 698, 710, 448 P.3d 646, rev den, 366 Or. 64 (2019) ("In the absence of a more...

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