The lawyers suing the government in the Indian trust litigation in federal district court in Washington, D.C., agreed to a range of legal fees that is well below the norm for class actions in hope of making the deal more palatable to the class, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs said.
The Justice Department earlier this month reached a tentative settlement with the plaintiffs in Cobell v. Salazar, a suit that has dragged on for more than 13 years with no end in sight. The more than 300,000 class members are seeking an historical accounting of the government’s handling of billions of dollars in royalties flowing from Indian land.
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