Judge Sides With NFL Class Counsel in Fee, Claims Administration Disputes
A federal judge has sided with class counsel in the NFL concussion litigation on several disputes, including how the former players' claims should be processed and whether attorney fee awards should be delayed until more payments are made to the claimants.
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Max Mitchell is a reporter with The Legal Intelligencer, focusing on litigation in Pennsylvania with a specific emphasis on Philadelphia courts. Follow him on Twitter @MMitchellTLI.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California has granted final approval of the settlement and approved more than $41 million in attorney fees to class counsel, making up 20 percent of the overall award.
A Harvard Law professor has issued a report recommending a cap on all contingent fee contracts for attorneys representing former players individually and rejecting arguments that parties should pay an additional set-aside toward a common benefit fund for class counsel attorneys.
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