Attorneys file for fees in Playhouse case

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Attorneys for Ojai Playhouse owners Khaled Al-Awar and Walid Al-Awar filed a motion Sept. 22 in Ventura County Superior Court stating the amount of attorney fees and trial costs they want to recover from Golden State Water Company (GSWC).
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Vincent O'Neill signed a statement of decision Sept. 8 that found GSWC liable for $2.7 million in damages to the Al-Awars.
At the conclusion of the trial in July, Playhouse attorney John Howard would not comment on the issue of attorneys' fees and legal costs, aside from stating, “I can tell you this much, these guys aren't going to pay it,” as he gestured to the Al-Awars.
Howard and his co-counsel, Brett Templeman, argue in their Sept. 22 motion that they should be awarded 40 percent of the damage amount O'Neill approved for the Al-Awars. This totals $1,055,372.60 in addition to the $2.7 million damages amount.
O’Neill has ruled that Golden State Water Company is liable for the Al-Awars’ attorney fees and costs. The amount GSWC will pay is yet to be decided.

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