The opinion of the court was delivered by: Stephen M. Orlofsky United States District Court
This matter having come before the Court on the Application of Defendants for Counsel Fees and Associated Expenses, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1988 and/or 28 U.S.C. § 1927, Charles A. Ercole, Esq., Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers, LLP, appearing on behalf of Defendants, Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Agency of the City of Atlantic City, John Glowacki, John J. McAvaddy, Jr., and John P. Whittington, Clifford L. Van Syoc, Esq., Van Syoc Law Offices, Chartered, appearing on behalf of Plaintiffs, Todd Murphy and Roseann Murphy; and,
The Court having considered the Application for Counsel Fees and Associated Expenses submitted by counsel for the Defendants, and the opposition submitted by Mr. Van Syoc, as well as the oral argument of counsel; and,
This Court having found that Counsel for the Plaintiffs, Clifford L. Van Syoc, Esq., multiplied the proceedings in this case unreasonably and vexatiously in a manner that demonstrates bad faith in violation of 28 U.S.C. § 1927;
For the reasons set forth in the Opinion filed simultaneously with this Order, IT IS on this 27th day of August, 2001, hereby ORDERED that:
1. Defendants' Application for Counsel Fees and Associated Expenses shall be GRANTED pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1927; and,
2. Within 30 days of the date of this Order, counsel for Plaintiffs, Clifford L. Van Syoc, Esq., shall pay counsel fees to the Defendants in the amount of $56,885, and costs in the amount of $2,330.60, or a total of $59,215.60.