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Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield/Wellpoint in Richmond, Virginia, Sept. 19, 2015. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

After chastising plaintiffs lawyers in the Anthem data breach settlement for their excessive billing, a federal judge has awarded them $31.05 million and approved the $115 million deal.

In a Thursday order, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California approved the fees after concluding that the results were “exceptional.”


Judge Again Says She’s ‘Disappointed’ in Plaintiffs Lawyers in Anthem Data Breach Case


Koh had hired a special master to review the billing records submitted by plaintiffs lawyers, who asked for $38 million for their work on the case. The special master had recommended cutting more than $9 million based largely on the billable hours, but Koh based her decision on a percentage of the fund—about 27 percent. Although still a reduction from the original request, the award is higher than the special master’s recommendation and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s 25 percent benchmark.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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