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+Bonus attorneys feesJune 8, 2018

Matter of Country-Wide Ins. Co. v Bay Needle Care Acupuncture, P.C., 2018 NY Slip Op 03929 (1st Dept. 2018)

“Respondent is entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees for this appeal. Supreme Court has authority to award attorneys fees as this is an appeal from a master arbitration award pursuant to 11 NYCRR 65-4.10(j)(4), which, in pertinent part, provides: “The attorney’s fee for services rendered in connection with … a court appeal from a master arbitration award and any further appeals, shall be fixed by the court adjudicating the matter” (see also Matter of GEICO Ins. Co. v AAAMG Leasing Corp., 148 AD3d 703 [2d Dept 2017], recalling and vacating Matter of GEICO Ins. Co. v AAAMG Leasing Corp., 139 AD3d 947 [2d Dept 2016]). Accordingly, we remand the matter to Supreme Court for a determination of respondent’s reasonable attorney’s [*2]fees for this appeal. To the extent Country-Wide Ins. Co. v Valdan Acupuncture, P.C. (150 AD3d 560, 561 [1st Dept 2017]) takes a different approach to calculating attorneys’ fees, we decline to follow it.”

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