A federal judge has approved an estimated $245 million in fees and costs to lawyers leading the multidistrict litigation over Pinnacle hip implants, of which more than 75% will go to the five firms in charge of allocating the award.

The March 5 order by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas approved a special master’s report last month that recommended a disbursement of $215 million, which is the amount calculated from settlements so far, including $182.5 million in “common benefit” fees to about 40 law firms whose work assisted in 10,000 lawsuits over the Pinnacle. The amount also includes nearly $7.9 million in expenses and $24.7 million for reimbursements of contributed assessments.

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