The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court that slashed a lawyer’s contingency fee with two clients from about $292,000 to $50,000.

The 1st Circuit’s unanimous opinion in U.S. v. Hawthorn, which was dated Oct. 18 and issued on Oct. 20, concluded that District of Massachusetts Judge Richard Stearns did not err by finding that attorney Zack Hawthorn’s contracted contingency fee with two whistleblower clients was excessive.