Attorneys who settled a class action lawsuit over impermissible strip-searching of county jail inmates were properly awarded a smaller counsel fee than they sought due to their prior experience in filing similar cases, a federal appeals court has ruled.

In a decision issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that Northern District Judge Gary L. Sharpe properly considered the settling of two earlier strip-search cases by plaintiffs counsel to discount their fee in a third case.

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