Defendant-appellant Republic of Palau appeals from a final judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Sweet, J.) entered on November 1, 1991. The final judgment followed entry by the district court of a judgment on July 31, 1991, remanding this case to the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, for proceedings on the merits. Palau removed the case from the New York Supreme Court to the district court in January 1986, and the remand was required by our decision in 918*918 Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York v. Republic of Palau, 924 F.2d 1237 (2d Cir.1991) ("Palau I"). The July 31 judgment also provided for recovery by plaintiff-appellee Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York and the other plaintiffs-appellees (collectively, "Morgan") of costs and attorneys fees incurred subsequent to November 19, 1988 as a result of Palau's removal of this case.
In determining that Morgan was entitled to these costs and fees, the district court applied 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c), as amended on November 19, 1988, rather than the version of section 1447(c) in effect at the time Palau removed this case in 1986. See Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York v. Republic of Palau, 767 F.Supp. 561 (S.D.N.Y.1991). The amount of costs and fees awarded, approximately $136,000, was made final by the November 1, 1991 judgment from which Palau now appeals. Palau contends that because removal of this action occurred prior to the amendment of section 1447(c), the district court wrongly applied the amended statute retroactively to award costs and fees in this case. Palau contends further that even if application of the amended statute were proper, a finding of bad faith on Palau's part in removing the action is required for costs and fees to be awarded. For the reasons that follow, the judgment of the district court is affirmed.
Miner, Roger J., "Morgan Guar. Trust v. Republic of Palau, 971 F. 2d 917 - Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 1992" (1992). Circuit Court Opinions. 366.