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Why Did A Federal Court Slash Class Counsel’s Proposed Fee Award In A Zip-Code Class Action By More Than 80 Percent?

Posted in Class Action Settlements

Here’s a great formula for becoming a rich plaintiffs’-side class-action lawyer: Copy-and-paste some cookie-cutter complaints alleging technical statutory violations.  Send demand letters to a group of deep-pocketed targets and negotiate coupon settlements with them before even filing the complaints. Then seek a six- or seven-figure award of attorneys’ fees for doing no heavy lifting, bearing… Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Rejects Class Settlement Over Excessive Payments to Class Counsel and Named Plaintiffs

Posted in Class Action Settlements

The federal courts of appeals continue to scrutinize class-action settlements closely when the direct benefits to class members are overshadowed by the attorneys’ fees that flow to plaintiffs’ counsel. The most recent example is Greenberg v. Procter & Gamble Co. (pdf), No. 11-4156 (6th Cir. Aug. 2, 2013). In its decision, the Sixth Circuit provided guidance… Continue Reading

Third Circuit Rejects Class Settlement Because Class Fund Went to Class Counsel and Cy Pres Rather than Class Members

Posted in Class Action Settlements

We’ve blogged before about federal courts’ increasing reluctance to approve class settlements that involve a significant cy pres component. The Third Circuit’s recent decision in In re Baby Products Litigation (pdf) is the latest example of this trend. Class counsel often use the distribution of funds to handpicked charities in order to disguise the percentage of… Continue Reading

What Are Courts Doing With Fee Requests Made in Connection with Class Settlements?

Posted in Class Action Settlements, Class Action Trends

In recent years, courts generally have cast a more skeptical eye on fee requests made by plaintiffs’ counsel who have negotiated a class action settlement. In the past, courts often rubberstamped outlandish fee requests. In fact, settlements awarding class counsel “excessive attorneys’ fees with little or no recovery for the class members themselves” were the… Continue Reading