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Cherry v. City College of San Francisco

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 20, 2008

ESTORIA CHERRY, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
THE CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO ("CITY COLLEGE"); ET AL, DEFENDANTS.

CLASS ACTION

Hon. William H. Alsup

[PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS

1. As held in the Order dated October 1, 2007, Plaintiffs are entitled to recover all reasonable attorneys' fees and costs incurred in bringing their motion to enforce the Amended Stipulated Judgment approved by this Court on April 17, 2006. (Order Re Motion for Attorneys' Fees and Costs, Docket No. 774.)

2. Pursuant to that Order, the parties submitted detailed declarations outlining their respective expenses, met and conferred, and attended mediation, but failed to reach agreement as to the amount of attorneys' fees.

3. On December 11, 2007, this Court exercised its authority pursuant to Rule 54(d) to appoint a special master to resolve the dispute involving attorneys' fees and costs. (Order Appointing Special Master, Docket No. 788.) Chief Magistrate Judge James Larson was appointed as special master.

4. Having reviewed the briefs and declarations by the parties, the special master issued a Report and Recommendation that Attorneys' Fees be Awarded ("Report") in the amount of $104,569.88, which included fees and costs. (Report, Docket No. 805.) The special master found that the rates sought by Plaintiffs' Counsel are within the market range for attorneys' fees with comparable skill, experience and reputation who do similar federal litigation in the San Francisco Market and that the requested costs are reasonable.

5. This Court adopts the special master's Report in its entirety.

6. Defendant shall make payment to class counsel, by means of a check or other negotiable instrument, payable to Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP in the amount of $104,569.88 no later than 14 calendar days from the issuance of this Order.

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