A class action settlement before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit appeals panel was a “scandalous” assemblage of conflicts of interest, cozy relationships, dubious calculations, ethical wrongdoing and judicial inattention, that, in the end, amounted to a decidedly raw deal for the consumers suing Pella Corp. over alleged window defects.

That was what Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner concluded about the proposed settlement in Eubank v. Pella Corp., an 8-year-old dispute, that Posner and two fellow judges threw out on Monday.

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