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ESTILL PROPERTIES, LLC, ET AL. v. MICHELLE D. SIMMONS

Civil litigation — Attorney’s fees — Calculation

Appellee Michelle Simmons filed a civil lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, alleging breach of contract, among other things, against appellants Kenneth Estill and Estill Properties (hereafter, “Estill”), arising from Ms. Simmons’ purchase of a residential property. Later, the court entered summary judgment in Estill’s favor on all counts. Estill then requested attorneys’ fees under a fee-shifting provision in the parties’ residential sales contract. After a hearing, the court awarded Estill approximately15% of the fees it requested. Estill appeals, arguing that because the court did not explain why it reduced what Estill maintains were reasonably incurred counsels’ fees, this Court should issue a remand to the circuit court “instructing it to enforce the [fee-shifting] provisions of Paragraph 35 of the Contract, including compliance with Maryland Rules 2-703, 2-705 and 2-706 . . . .”

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