O.C. Trial Court Adopts Grant Stiefel's Expert Analysis in Slashing Mandatory Fee Award by 75 Percent
In MMM Holdings v. Reich, a successful anti-SLAPP defendant moved for over $700,000 in mandatory attorneys’ fees. Although the defendant had prevailed at both the trial and appellate levels, Grant Stiefel's expert testimony showed that the fee request was block-billed, overly redacted, padded with excessive attorney conferencing and improperly staffed. The Orange County trial court agreed and cut the statutory fee award by more than 75 percent.