Municipality May Recover Attorney's Fees Based on Lodestar Method for Fighting Prostitution

City of Santa Rosa vs. Raman Patel - this case involved the city's efforts in abating prostitution under Section 11225, et. seq., of the California Penal Code. The City sought to recover its attorney's fees pursuant to Subsection (b) of Section 3496 of the California Civil Code. The Court held that city may recover its attorney's fees pursuant to lodestar method (i.e., the number of hours reasonably expended multiplied by the reasonable hourly rate) rather than based on cost-plus method. Source:
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