A solo practitioner in Los Angeles is objecting to the legal fee petition filed in a high-profile American Indian trust case in Washington, D.C., saying the plaintiffs’ attorneys cut him out of the demand for compensation.

The lawyer, Mark Brown, filed a notice Jan. 31 announcing his plan to object to the plaintiffs’ fee petition pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The petition says class counsel should receive at least $223 million in compensation for their work over 15 years of litigation.