Docket No. 89392.

157 Mich. App. 159 (1987)

403 N.W.2d 525


Michigan Court of Appeals.

Decided January 6, 1987.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Cunningham, Mulder & Breese, P.C. (by Ronald J. Vander Veen), for defendant.

Before: MacKENZIE, P.J., and T.M. BURNS and P.R. JOSLYN, JJ.


Defendant appeals as of right from a $500 award, representing attorney fees, in this paternity action. We reverse the award.


As a general rule, American courts have refused to allow the recovery of attorney fees either as an element of the costs of a suit or as an item of damages, unless allowance of a fee is expressly authorized by statute or court rule. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins Co v Allen,

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