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Lawyers from plaintiffs powerhouse Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd in court papers on Friday called out “a cadre of firms responsible for a dramatic explosion of federal deal litigation,” and urged a federal judge in San Francisco to reject a fee request by fellow plaintiffs’ counsel.

It’s a remarkable motion, laying bare tension on the plaintiffs’ side as merger objection filings—many of dubious merit—have skyrocketed in the past two years in federal courts after Delaware Chancery Court judges quit rubber-stamping the settlements.

Robbins Geller “has no dog in this fight,” wrote partner David Wissbroecker. Nonetheless, he sided with defense counsel from Latham & Watkins and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, urging U.S. District Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California to reject a $350,000 fee request by Weisslaw LLP; Levi & Korsinsky; and Monteverde & Associates.

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Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene is editor of The Litigation Daily and author of the "Daily Dicta" column. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at [email protected].

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