Class members in the $1.1 billion class action case against Exxon-Mobil, along with class counsel Eugene Stearns of Miami, are complaining that companies specializing in processing class action claims are illegally taking a large part of the class members’ winnings.

Stearns, whose firm won the lengthy case against the oil giant for breaching its contract with gas station operators around the country, argues that the recovery companies are engaging in the unlicensed practice of law. He also contends that they deceived members into signing up for services they didn’t need and are duplicating work already done by his law firm, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson.

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