How can a defendant determine if attorney's fees awarded are reasonable?
If the matter is further litigated, discovery measures could be used to prove unreasonableness of fees. An award of attorney's fees under an abuse of discretion standard. A court abuses its discretion only when it acts in a manner which exceeds the bounds of reason under the circumstances. The burden is placed upon the party who is attacking the trial court's ruling to establish an abuse of discretion, and the ultimate issue is whether the court could reasonably conclude as it did.