A Miami plaintiffs’ firm that settled two dozen lawsuits over Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder has accused lead counsel in the multidistrict litigation of a “money grab” by collecting potential fees for work it never did on the cases.

The Ferraro Law Firm, which settled 24 talcum powder cases, all but two of which were pending in the multidistrict litigation, claims that Johnson & Johnson held back 12% of the settlement proceeds for common benefit fees to be paid to lead counsel. That’s despite The Ferraro Law Firm handling its cases on its own, and after co-lead counsel Leigh O’Dell refused to provide the firm with two expert witnesses earlier in the year, according to a Dec. 10 motion for relief from the common benefit fee assessments.

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