Byline: Derek Hawkins
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: Isaac Paz v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC,
Case No.: 17-3259
Officials: HAMILTON, BARRETT, and SCUDDER, Circuit Judges.
Focus: Abuse of Discretion Fee Award
Sometimes settling a case is the only course that makes sense. This case provides a good example. Isaac Paz sued Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the case dragged on for years, with the district court then entering summary judgment for PRA on the lion's share of Paz's claims. Paz disregarded multiple offers to settleboth at the outset of the litigation and after summary judgmentand proceeded to trial, where he won but recovered only $1,000 in damages. He then sought to recover attorneys' fees of $187,410. The district court awarded fees of...