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Cohen & Krassner, a Manhattan and New Jersey law firm specializing in debt collection, will pay more than $26,000, including legal fees, to settle a class action accusing the firm of sending misleading collection letters. Eastern District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto (See Profile) approved the settlement in Garland v. Cohen & Krassner, 08-cv-4626. Under the agreement, the firm will pay $6,650 into a fund to be distributed to more than 2,500 class members, and will pay $3,000 to Theresa Garland, the lead plaintiff. The firm will also pay $16,710 in legal fees. Ms. Garland had asked for $25,000 in fees for her attorneys at the Bromberg Law Office, but Judge Matsumoto ruled on Tuesday that some of the hourly rates of her attorneys were too high and some of the work they did was duplicative.

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