A $125 million class action settlement between a tool company and its franchisees was just being minted when a wrench fell into the works: a dispute over how to divide $13 million in legal fees.

The question is whether the two plaintiffs firms should split 50-50 or 60-40 the excess of the fees after each firm’s lodestar and expenses are paid. And it may come down to which firm can show its efforts were more integral to success.

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