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Attorney Fees

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//February 7, 2024//

Attorney Fees

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//February 7, 2024//

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WI Court of Appeals – District I

Case Name: Angela Drake v. Lonnie Slocum

Case No.: 2023AP000440

Officials: Donald, P.J.

Focus: Attorney Fees

In this small claims action, Lonnie Slocum and Graceful Living LLC (collectively “Graceful Living” unless context requires otherwise) appeal the judgment awarding Angela Drake double the amount of her security deposit, and costs and attorney fees. Graceful Living argues that the trial court should have dismissed Drake’s case under the doctrine of claim preclusion or alternatively, should have granted it an adjournment. In lieu of an adjournment, Graceful Living asserts the trial court’s award of attorney fees under WIS. STAT. § 100.20(5) “should either be reduced or remanded for further consideration.” The court agrees that remand is appropriate but only insofar as it relates to Drake’s request for reasonable attorney fees incurred in this appeal. The court disagrees with Graceful Living in all other regards and affirms.

Affirmed and remanded.

Decided 01/30/24

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