Court rules in cases on paralegal fees, money laundering

The Supreme Court handed down three decisions today, including a ruling that paralegal fees are to be calculated using market rates as attorneys’ fees – not the lower calculation of “reasonable costs” – in damages calculations under the Equal Access to Justice Act in Richlin Security Service Co. v. Chertoff.

In two other rulings involving the federal money laundering statute, the Court held that merely concealing money during transport does not amount to money laundering, and that the word “proceeds” in the money laundering statutes means profits, not total receipts. Those cases are Cuellar v. United States and United States v. Santos.

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