Five competing plaintiffs firms in a class action for millions of Aetna insureds and doctors have agreed to share the role of interim class counsel rather than pick one to take the lead. But Aetna doesn't like the idea. Its defense counsel maintains that a five-headed leadership would be unwieldy, would worsen bickering among the firms and would drive up litigation costs -- something a federal judge sought to avoid when warning earlier this year against a class counsel feeding frenzy over fees.
Aetna Recoils at Five-Headed Plaintiffs Leadership of Class Action Suit
New Jersey Law Journal
July 23, 2009