Attorney fee limitationsDecember 22, 2016
City Care Acupuncture, P.C. v Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2016 NY Slip Op 51793(U)(App. Term 2d Dept. 2016)
(1) “Appeal, on the ground of inadequacy, from a decision after inquest of the City Court of Yonkers, Westchester County (Thomas R. Daly, J.), dated January 13, 2015, and from a judgment of the same court entered April 21, 2015.”
(2) “In the present case, as the City Court awarded a default judgment in favor of plaintiffs for first-party no-fault benefits in the principal sum of $4,491.47, plaintiffs are entitled to the maximum statutory attorney’s fees of $850 (cf. 11 NYCRR 65-4.6 [d] [effective July 23, 2014, the maximum possible award of attorney’s fees in this type of action was increased to $1,360]).”
What I find interesting about this case is there is a controversy regarding whether the July 23, 2014 amendment to the attorney fee, increasing it is retroactive. I always said “no”. This appears to support my thought.