The refusal by two plaintiffs’ attorneys in Bergen County, N.J. to sign off on the $206 billion national settlement of suits against the tobacco industry is holding up payment of New Jersey’s stake — to the tune of $92 million last month and possibly another $95 million this month.
And until the push by the two unsuccessful intervenors is resolved, none of the other lawyers representing New Jersey can reap the close to $80 million in legal fees they have negotiated among themselves.
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