The judge overseeing much of the massive litigation over withdrawn painkiller Vioxx has capped fees for plaintiffs attorneys at a relatively low 32 percent of the $4.85 billion settlement. Altogether, 871 law firms are involved in the litigation. A much smaller group of firms that pulled together thousands of documents under a pretrial discovery process that the judge coordinated will receive additional fees above the 32 percent. But the extra amounts will come from the other attorneys, not from claimants.
Vioxx Settlement Judge Caps Legal Fees at 32 Percent
The Associated Press
August 28, 2008