No. 09-7092.

642 F.3d 1191 (2011)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Appellee v. Chike A. IJEABUONWU and Law Offices of Chike A. Ijeabuonwu, LLC, Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided June 28, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jude C. Iweanoge argued the cause for appellants. With him on the brief was John O. Iweanoge II .

Carl J. Schifferle , Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for District of Columbia, argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief were Peter J. Nickles , Attorney General, Todd S. Kim , Solicitor General, and Donna M. Murasky , Deputy Solicitor General.

Concurring opinion filed by Senior Circuit Judge RANDOLPH.

GINSBURG, Circuit Judge:

The District of Columbia filed this suit to recover its attorneys' fees from Chike Ijeabuonwu, a lawyer who brought an administrative complaint against the District on behalf of a student with special educational needs. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a court may award attorneys' fees to the "prevailing party," whether it be the plaintiff or the defendant. The district court held D.C. was a prevailing party and...

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