After McKennon Law Group PC Aggressively Pursues Fee Motion, District Judge Awards Plaintiff in ERISA Disability Case Nearly $130,000 in Attorneys’ Fees and Costs

On April 6, 2020, in the matter of Vicky Ibarra v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., Case No. 8:19-cv-00333-DOC-DFM, Judge David O. Carter of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California granted the McKennon Law Group PC’s motion for attorneys’ fees and costs after its client prevailed in her ERISA lawsuit.  Hartford had wrongfully terminated Ibarra’s long-term disability benefits and then reversed its decision and reinstated her claim shortly after the lawsuit was filed.  The Court concluded that the firm’s 2018 to 2019 hourly rates of $750 and $625 for Robert McKennon and Joseph McMillen were reasonable for ERISA work given their strong reputations and experience.  The Court rejected several of Hartford’s arguments, including that it should cut Ibarra’s attorney’s fees by 80%, and that McKennon Law Group spent too much time drafting the detailed Complaint, calculating benefits and communicating with their client.  The Court intended to award Ibarra nearly $130,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.  But because of a math error evident in the order, it mistakenly awarded $100,093.29.  Hartford agreed to pay $119,000 to resolve the attorneys’ fees claim given the obvious math error.

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