The leadership committee for the pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation is defending its settlement record and hitting back against recent criticism from Philadelphia firm Kline & Specter that the firms piloting the MDL are seeking to set aside too much of plaintiffs’ recovery for attorney fees.

At the same time, another law firm has joined Kline & Specter in criticizing the set-aside request, saying some of the fee requests have not been fair and that money for the common benefit fees should not be taken from the plaintiffs’ recoveries, but rather from the primary lawyer’s fee.

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