A federal judge has awarded nearly $1 million to lawyers who successfully challenged the withholding of tips from waiters, busboys and captains at the 88 Palace Restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown. Although the fee award under the FLSA and state labor law exceeded the amount of damages in the case, Judge Gerard Lynch said the fees sought were "presumptively reasonable" given the complexity and difficulty of the case, and even taking into account that the lawyers initially represented the workers pro bono.
N.Y. Judge Approves $1 Million Fee Request in Eatery Workers' Case
New York Law Journal
May 15, 2007