Plaza Tower LLC v. Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc.

(award of attorneys’ fees): After prevailing on its appeal (described above), Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. brought a motion against the lease guarantor, Ruth’s Hospitality Group, to recover our client’s attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses incurred in connection with the Supreme Court collection action and the successful appeal to the Appellate Division. Despite conceding that Rosenberg & Estis has “an excellent reputation,” the guarantor raised a host of arguments in an attempt to reduce our client’s entitlement to recoup its fees. The guarantor also insisted on holding a hearing to determine the amount of attorneys’ fees that our client would be awarded. Justice Jennifer Schecter found that Rosenberg & Estis‘s billing invoices provided an “abundance of detail that [is] more than sufficient to support” the fee request, agreed with us that there was no need for a hearing, and awarded our client $128,640.84 in fees, plus interest.

(Supreme Court, New York County, Decided 01/28/16)
(Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. Team: Jason R. Davidson and Anthony J. Virga )