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Legal Services Attorney Fees Are Obtainable in Pending Cases

By Rochelle Bobroff

Programs receiving federal funding should take immediate advantage of the December 2009 law lifting the restriction on the claiming and collection of attorney fees. The Legal Services Corporation's February 2010 interim final rule states that the revocation applies to pending cases and work performed prior to the effective date of the law. Carefully crafted arguments can support a motion to amend complaints to seek attorney fees for work performed before December 2009.

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