In August 2010, Aetna Group USA, Inc. (“Aetna”), which produces and sells stretch wrappers, bundlers, shrink wrappers, and cartoning and taping machines, obtained summary judgment against AIDCO International, Inc., and requested certain damages, including $192,919 in attorneys’ fees. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia awarded Aetna $644,245 but denied Aetna’s request for attorneys’ fees. As a result, Aetna—represented by Ichter Thomas—appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The Court of Appeals reversed the District Court and remanded the case back to the District Court with instructions to allow Aetna to submit additional evidence in support of its request for attorneys’ fees and to reconsider Aetna’s request. A copy of the Court of Appeals decision is available here. As a result, the District Court revised its final judgment upwards to award Aetna the entire $192,919 in attorneys’ fees it had requested—increasing Aetna’s recovery by some 23%.
Ichter Thomas’s appellate practice serves our clients’ needs in this complex and sophisticated area of practice. Our litigators have successfully handled matters in federal and state appellate courts. For more information on how Ichter Thomas can potentially help you unwind unfavorable judgments, call Cary Ichter or Dan Davis at (404) 869-7600.