Rougvie v. Ascena Retail Group

On July 29, 2016 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled in Ascena v. Rougvie that the $14 million fee request by attorneys in a coupon settlement over Justice clothing store sales was excessive under federal law and that only $5.3 million could be currently justified.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness (CEI) represented two class members objecting to the class action settlement arising out of fake “sales” at Justice stores. The settlement would unacceptably allow class counsel to capture 50% of the concrete settlement benefit, leaving most class members with nothing other than a coupon subject to severe usage restrictions.