The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday revived a trucking company’s bid to obtain more than $4 million from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in attorneys’ fees for their lawyers who successfully fought off the agency’s proposed sex bias class action.
The high court unanimously vacated a ruling from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that denied fees to CRST Van Expedited Inc, which was represented by Jenner & Block, after the district judge tossed the case due to the EEOC’s failure to satisfy its pre-suit requirements. That type of dismissal, the 8th Circuit said, was not a ruling on the merits, so CRST was not the “prevailing party” under the fee-shifting provision in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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