H.F. No. 1529, as introduced - 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) Posted on Mar 09, 2009
1.1A bill for an act1.2relating to civil proceedings; removing a dollar limitation on attorney or agent
1.3fees in certain cases; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 15.471,
1.5BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.6 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 15.471, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
1.7 Subd. 5. Fees. "Fees" means the reasonable attorney fees or reasonable fees charged
1.8by a person not an attorney who is authorized by law or rule to represent the party and
1.9may include reasonable charges by the party, the party's employee, or agent. The amount
1.10of fees must be based upon prevailing market rates for the kind and quality of the services
1.11furnished, subject to the following limitations:
1.12(a) In a court action, an expert witness may not be compensated at a rate in excess of
1.13the highest rate of compensation for expert witnesses paid by the state.
1.14(b) In a contested case proceeding, an expert witness may not be compensated
1.15at a rate in excess of the highest rate of compensation for expert witnesses paid by the
1.16state agency involved.