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Attorney David Boies Charges $1,950 Per Hour In Google Case, Court Filing Says

  • Seasoned plaintiff team litigant alleges privacy breaches against Google
  • Google denies violating any court order and disputes lawsuit claims

(Reuters) – Prominent attorney David Boies is charging $1,950 an hour in a case alleging privacy violations against Alphabet Inc’s Google LLC, according to a court filing seeking fees after a judge fined the company for judicial misconduct.

The costs petition filed June 3 by Boies and other plaintiffs’ team attorneys came in response to a ruling in San Jose, Calif., a federal court ruled last month that Google had not timely disclosed certain evidence, including the names of key employees.

The judge said the plaintiffs were entitled to legal fees as a penalty against Google. The internet search company has denied violating court orders and disputed the underlying privacy claims in the proposed class action lawsuit over its “Incognito” web search setting.

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Google’s lawyers urged the judge not to impose penalties.

Boies, 81, who founded the firm Boies Schiller in 1997, developed his name as an attorney for the U.S. government in its landmark antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. More recently, Boies has come under fire for his work for Harvey Weinstein, the former Hollywood producer. convicted of rape in 2020. Boies’ law firm has seen numerous departures to rival firms in recent years.

He did not return messages seeking comment on Monday.

The average hourly rate charged by law firms in 2021 in the market was $533, according to a 2022 report from the Thomson Reuters Institute and Georgetown University Law Center. The report says large US companies are leading the pack amid “quite aggressive” increases in billing rates.

Well-known attorney Kannon Shanmugam of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison was billing last year at $1,824 an hour. Recent filings in a bankruptcy case showed Hogan Lovells partner Neal Katyal was charging $2,465 an hour.

Jim Jones, a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law, called the $2,000 hourly rates “very high” and would be limited “to people who were at the top of their game and major doers.” rain “.

The underlying lawsuit was filed in 2020 and alleges that Google invaded the privacy of internet users who browsed sites in “private” mode. The complaint said that Google secretly collected information from those users of the company’s “Incognito” browsing mode.

A Google spokesperson did not immediately comment on Monday, and a Google attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The plaintiffs’ firms, which also include Susman Godfrey and Morgan & Morgan, are seeking more than $1.07 million in fees and costs for their work drafting certain court documents and preparing for a hearing.

This is Brown v Google LLC, US District Court, Northern District of California, No. 4:20-cv-03664.

For Brown: Mark Mao of Boies Schiller Flexner; Susman Godfrey’s Bill Carmody; and John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan

For Google: Andrew Schapiro of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

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