Court Awards Attorneys’ Fees in Breach of Contract Action

Fabcon East, LLC v. Steiner Bldg. Co. NYC, 848 N.Y.S.2d 267 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)

In this case, the court upheld an award of damages and contractually-based attorneys’ fees to plaintiff, finding sufficient support for the conclusion that defendant had breached the parties’ construction subcontract and the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.  However, the court reduced the attorneys’ fee award in the amount of $19,250.50 — the amount of fees incurred by plaintiff in a separate action commenced against it by a sub-contractor.  The court explained:  “the subcontract provision dealing with an award of contractual attorney’s fees to the prevailing party in a covered action did not include the New Jersey action, to which [defendant] was not a party.”

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