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Johnson v. Breeden.

U.S. Appeals Court

LIMITATION

PLRA -- Prison Litigation Reform Act

Johnson v. Breeden, 280 F.3d 1308 (11th Cir. 2002). A state prisoner brought a [section] 1983 action against corrections officers alleging that they used excessive force on him in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The district court entered judgment for the prisoner and awarded $25,000 in compensatory damages, $45,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees and expenses in the amount of $85,268. The officers appealed and the appeals court affirmed the award of compensatory damages but vacated the punitive damages and attorney fee awards and remanded the case for determination. The appeals court held that the action was a "civil action with respect to prison conditions" and was therefore subject to limitation on prospective relief under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). The appeals court also held that the application of the lodestar method in calculating the attorney's fee award was an abuse of discretion. (Phillips Correctional Institution, Georgia)
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Title Annotation:ATTORNEY FEES
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:May 1, 2002
Words:163
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