Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
E. Joshua Rosenkranz , New York, NY, for petitioner.
Mark T. Stancil , Washington, DC, for respondents.
J. Steven Broussard , Randall E. Hart , Broussard & Hart, LLC, Lake Charles, LA, E. Joshua Rosenkranz , Counsel of Record, Jessica S. Pers , Michael K. Gottlieb , Orrick, Herrington, Sutcliffe LLP, New York, NY, for Petitioner.
Toby J. Heytens , Daniel R. Ortiz , University of Virginia School of Law Supreme Court, Litigation Clinic, Charlottesville, VA, Counsel for Respondents.
J. Mark Miller , Joseph B. Stamey , Stamey & Miller, LLC, Natchitoches, LA, for Respondent the Town of Vinton.
Mark T. Stancil , Counsel of Record, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP, Washington, DC, Counsel for Respondents.
Christopher P. Ieyoub , Kendrick J. Guidry , Plauche, Smith & Nieset, LLC, Lake Charles, LA, for Respondent Billy Ray Vice.
John P. Elwood , Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, DC, for Respondents.
Supreme Court of United States.
Justice KAGAN delivered the opinion of the Court.
Federal law authorizes a court to award a reasonable attorney's fee to the prevailing party in certain civil rights cases. See 42 U.S.C. § 1988. We have held that a defendant may receive such an award if the plaintiff's suit is frivolous. In this case, the plaintiff asserted both frivolous and non-frivolous claims. We hold today that a court may grant reasonable fees to the defendant in this circumstance, but...
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