Prevailing Party


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Prevailing Party

The litigant who successfully brings or defends an action and, as a result, receives a favorable judgment or verdict.

prevailing party

n. the winner in a lawsuit. Many contracts, leases, mortgages, deeds of trust, or promissory notes provide that the "prevailing party" shall be entitled to recovery of attorney's fees and costs if legal action must be taken to enforce the agreement. Even if the plaintiff gets much less than the claim, he/she/it is the prevailing party entitled to include attorney's fees in the collectable costs. Usually there is no prevailing party when a complaint is voluntarily dismissed prior to trial or settlement before or after trial has begun.

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There can be no disputing that in decisions rendered in Florida and elsewhere, trial courts take into consideration the attorneys' fees paid by a nonprevailing party in determining the reasonableness of the fees sought by a prevailing party.
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