In a nasty dispute that erupted between two lawyers over how to divvy up more than $60 million in attorney fees stemming from a massive class action over alleged price fixing in the market for corrugated paper products, a federal judge has ordered both lawyers to stop their fighting because the dispute was settled nearly four years ago.
In a pair of lengthy opinions handed down last week, Senior U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois found that attorney John F. Peoples had settled his dispute in 2004 with attorney Howard Langer of Langer Grogan & Diver for about $2.9 million after negotiations before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter.
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