N.D. Illinois Cuts Attorney Fees Award Due to Rejection of Settlement Offer Earlier in Litigation

Where plaintiffs or their counsel refuse to reasonably settle a matter, a Rule 68 offer of judgment is a tool at the defendant’s disposal to keep the plaintiff’s attorney fees manageable. In the Seventh Circuit, a regular offer to settle the matter outside of the Rule 68 context might have the same benefit. This is illustrated in Cooper v. Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, Inc., No. 16-CV-2827 (N.D. Ill. May 21, 2018).

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