A federal judge has declined to approve a $49 million settlement with the owner of the nation’s largest provider of bar review courses, BAR/BRI, citing concerns about the incentive awards paid to some of the class representatives.

At a final settlement hearing on Monday, Central District of California Judge Manuel Real asked plaintiffs lawyers to provide time records reflecting the hours worked by five of the seven class representatives who each stand to receive a potential incentive award of $25,000 or $75,000 from the settlement.

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