Gahagan v. USCIS, No. 15-6218, 2017 WL 6540409 (E.D. La. Dec. 19, 2017) (Zainey, J.)
Re: Requests for records concerning plaintiff's clients
Disposition: Denying plaintiff's motion for attorney fees; granting plaintiff's motion for costs; awarding plaintiff $527.40
- Attorney Fees: The court awards plaintiff $527.40 in costs. "[The] Court finds persuasive the thorough opinion recently authored by Judge Feldman in which he concluded that [plaintiff] could not, as a pro se attorney, recover attorney's fees under the FOIA." "Chief Judge Engelhardt has also adopted this opinion when holding that [plaintiff] cannot collect attorney's fees as a matter of law." "The request for attorney's fees is denied." "The Court notes, however, that both Judge Feldman and Judge Engelhardt awarded [plaintiff] the litigation costs that he requested." "The Court is persuaded that [plaintiff] is entitled to litigation costs" because "the Court finds it more likely than not that the lawsuit served as a catalyst for at the very least the earlier record productions."