June 15, 2012
The Center’s client objected to a settlement over deceptive advertising that promised over $1M to plaintiffs’ lawyers and about $100,000 to the class. The court upheld the objection, eventually reducing the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ fees and sanctioning them for abusive litigation tactics.
March 31, 2010
In this settlement over insurance pricing, the Center’s client objected that plaintiffs’ lawyers sought $6.6M when the class would only receive $2.8M; in response, the parties modified the settlement to provide the class an additional $2M.
February 26, 2010
The Center for Class Action Fariness's client objected to this settlement over fuel-economy advertising because plaintiffs’ lawyers sought nearly $3M for themselves and merely coupons for the class. The district court sustained the objection, rejecting the settlement.
October 23, 2009
In this settlement over a data security breach, plaintiffs’ lawyers were seeking $1.87M for themselves and only vouchers for the class: the district court upheld the objection and the settlement was renegotiated to yield cash to the class.
The Center represents a homeowner objecting to a settlement of claims alleging that Wells Fargo received kickbacks on flood hazard determination fees charged to mortgagors. The settlement needlessly requires class members to submit a claim form to receive payment, a burden that will enable the class attorneys to obtain more than their fair share of the proceeds. Compounding the problem, the attorneys’ fee amounts to more than five times their usual billing rate.