The local counsel for Betty Johnson, Stephen C. Woodruff, has submitted in federal court a summary of the time he spent working on Johnson’s class action, but stated that it has not been possible at this point to detail all of the time he actually spent.
“Actual time spent is at least twice as much as set forth in the accompanying detail,” said Woodruff.
This second declaration supports his petition for $1.01 million in attorney’s fees.
Woodruff cited as an example his email account that reflects 794 email conversations relating to Johnson’s case. Many of these conversations, he said, contain several emails, ranging from two or three to nine or more.
“Overall, in the course of my work on this case, I have sent and received more than 2,000 emails,” he said.
Woodruff pointed out that only a relatively small fraction of these are reflected in his time summary.
The lawyer said if the average time per email is three minutes, the time spent on these emails alone amounts to 100 hours.
He also noted that since his entry into this case, more than 350 documents have been docketed, most of which he had reviewed.
Woodruff said he participated in the preparation of a large number of these filings.
“This entailed a significant commitment of time that also is only partially reflected in the accompanying summary,” he said.
The lawyer reiterated his earlier claim that he has expended no less than 300 hours on behalf of Johnson and the class.
He believes the most appropriate basis for determining attorney’s fees in this case is on a percentage of the benefit to the class. In his earlier declaration, Woodruff said the benchmark reasonable fee is 25 percent of the benefit to the class.
The issue on attorney’s fees is currently before Hawaii chief bankruptcy judge Robert Faris.