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Altmann v. CityofAgouraHillsCity Council
Plaintiff Mary Altmann, in propria persona, successfully petitioned for a writ of mandate against the City of Agoura Hills City Council (the City), and sought her costs and attorney fees as the prevailing party under Code of Civil Procedure[1]section 1021.5. The trial court awarded Altmann some of her costs and attorney fees for legal work done by a retained attorney (who did not appear in the action), but denied other costs and fees for legal work Altmann (who is not a licensed attorney) did herself. Altmann appeals from the post-judgment orders, contending that she was entitled to all of her costs and fees because she was acting as a private attorney general. The City cross-appeals, contending that Altmann was not entitled to any attorney fees under section 1021.5. Neither partys contention has merit. Accordingly, Court affirm the orders.

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