Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Robert T. Adams argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Jack M. Stover.
Calvin R. Koons, Senior Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, argued the cause for respondents. With him on the brief were Ernest D. Preate, Jr., Attorney General, Jerome T. Foerster, Deputy Attorney General, and John G. Knorr III, Chief Deputy Attorney General.*
Supreme Court of the United States.
JUSTICE SCALIA delivered the opinion of the Court.
This case presents the question whether fees for services rendered by experts in civil rights litigation may be shifted to the losing party pursuant to 42 U. S. C. § 1988, which permits the award of "a reasonable attorney's fee."
Petitioner West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc. (WVUH), operates a hospital in Morgantown, W. Va., near the Pennsylvania...
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