The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF) is pleased the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has adopted some of CCAF's objections to the excessive attorneys' fee request in Edwards v. National Milk Producers Federation. Yesterday, in a victory for CCAF, the court decided to reduce the attorneys’ grossly disproportionate fee request by 25 percent, from more than $17 million to $13 million.
CCAF Attorney Anna St. John commented on the victory:
"The court rightly recognized that the results achieved by plaintiffs were hardly exceptional and reduced the bloated fee request accordingly. Another $4.3 million will now go where it belongs, to the class members, and not to further enrich the attorneys."
The Milk settlement resulted from a class action over whether the dairy industry inflated the prices of products, like sour cream and yogurt, by limiting the production of raw milk.
>> Read more about the case here.