Torres-Santiago v. Municipality of Adjuntas, No. 10-2248 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
This appeal involved an award of $59,787 in attorney's fees against unsuccessful plaintiffs in a civil rights action against the Municipality of Adjuntas, its mayor, and Plaintiffs' direct supervisors. Plaintiffs argued that their lawsuit was not so frivolous or unreasonable as to justify an award of fees to Defendants. The First Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, except for one plaintiff's inferior working conditions claim and another plaintiff's claim against a supervisory defendant, as there was no reasonable basis for those claims. The Court vacated the fee award and remanded for further proceedings relating to any attorney's fees incurred by the Municipality of Adjuntas in relation to those claims only.