|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Oct 14, 2009
||Apr 21, 2010||5-4||Alito||OT 2009|
Holding: A federal court can award larger-than-usual attorney's fees to a civil rights lawyer who gives an especially strong performance in a particular case, but only in extraordinary circumstances.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito on April 21, 2010. Justice Breyer concurred in part and dissented in part, joined by Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor.