Schweiger v. China Doll Rest., Inc

In Schweiger v. China Doll Rest., Inc., 138 Ariz. 183, 673 P.2d 927 (App. 1983), the court noted that the traditional measure for a fee award in public rights litigation is the reasonable hourly rate used in the community for similar types of cases. Id. at 187, 673 P.2d at 931. In discussing a fee award authorized in a commercial dispute, however, we stated a court should commence calculating a reasonable fee award by determining what the attorney charged the client in the particular matter, reasoning that rate is the best indication of what is reasonable under the circumstances. Id. at 187-88, 673 P.2d 931-32.