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April 26, 2017

California Judge “Dares Plaintiffs’ Lawyers to Go After Clients for Fees”

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer denied motions by 244 plaintiffs’ lawyers who wanted Volkswagen to pay them for the time they spent on the clean diesel case, writes Reuters.

In his decision, Judge Breyer said that “none of [the non-class counsel] work benefited the class” and it was not covered by Volkswagen’s agreement to pay fees to class counsel.

Additionally, Judge Breyer made clear that he does not want these plaintiffs’ lawyers to go after their clients for contingency fees. He said Volkswagen must continue to pay class members directly, without diverting any part of their compensation to plaintiffs’ lawyers, to ensure that “attorneys who did not have a hand in negotiating the Settlement” do not “profit while their clients are left with inadequate compensation.”

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