Critical Mass: Roundup Trial Goes to Jury | New Expert Standard in New Jersey | 7th Circuit Fee Focus cited CCAF and Senior Attorney Melissa Holyoak on 7th circuit decisions regarding the Roundup trial.

Since Richard Posner abruptly retired last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has been pretty quiet on the class action front—until now.

In a pair of rulings, the appeals court outlined its views on attorney fees. An Aug. 2 ruling weighed in on one of the most heated debates in class action law: The practice of objector lawyers dropping their appeals in exchange for fees. Here’s my story on the ruling, which reversed an order that had rejected fees to objector counsel Ted Frank of the Center for Class Action Fairness in a settlement over Southwest Airlines drink vouchers.

CCAF senior attorney Melissa Holyoak told me: “Attorneys’ fees should always be based upon and proportionate to the relief actually received by class members—that’s something we fight for on a regular basis.”

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