An arbitration panel has ordered the firm of Houston plaintiffs lawyer John M. O'Quinn to pay $35.7 million in damages to a class of 3,450 former breast implant clients who allege the firm overcharged them for expenses. With interest and attorney fees, the order calls for the firm to pay as much as $58 million to the plaintiffs and their attorneys. One of the arbitrators on the panel noted that plaintiffs lawyers have been "struggling for years" on how to handle general expenses in a mass tort case.
Language Not in Fee Contracts Costs Firm More Than $35.7 Million
July 23, 2007