McCoy v. Brown
A court may consider the time and labor required, and the novelty and difficulty of legal questions, when it awards attorneys' fees. The plaintiffs decided to purchase property in Darien and then requested the return of the deposit. Previously, the trial court found that the plaintiffs breached the contract, and it awarded attorneys' fees of $100,000 to the defendants. The plaintiffs appealed to the Connecticut Appellate Court, which affirmed the trial court's judgment. The plaintiffs also filed a petition for certification to the Connecticut Supreme Court, which was not granted. The defendants requested attorneys' fees of $55,544, to defend the appeal. The court apparently approved the hourly rate and found that the amount of time spent was excessive. The court awarded attorneys' fees of $25,000 to defend the appeal.