Please be advised that for appeals filed after July 1, 2011, the amount of taxable attorney's fees on appeal to theWorker's Compensation Court of Appeals to be taxed in favor of the prevailing employee will be changed to the levels set forth as follows:
1. For cases heard without oral argument - $1,250.00; and
2. For cases heard with oral argument:
a. For attorneys whose offices are within one hundred miles of St. Paul - $1,500.00;
b. For attorneys whose offices are located more than one hundred miles from St. Paul - $1,750.00.
Fees will be awarded only where there is evidence that sufficient time and effort were expended by counsel in support of a successful appeal or petition or in opposition to an unsuccessful appeal or petition. Evidence of such effort would be the pleadings, briefs, or oral argument concerning the issue upon which the party prevailed.
This action supercedes our prior setting of attorney's fees on appeal last established on June 1, 2000. For appeals filed prior to July 1, 2011, the old schedule will remain in effect. Mileage will be determined by reference to the Minnesota Department of Transportation official highway mileage tables.
BY THE COURT:
PATRICIA J. MILUN
June 30, 2011