The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether class action plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees are paid as a percentage, or rather based on “the hours they put into the case,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
The case involves a 2004 wage-and-hour class action against staffing firm Robert Half. In 2013, a judge approved a $19 million settlement on behalf of 4,000 employees over allegations of overtime pay and other benefits. $6.33 million in fees were “slated” for the plaintiffs’ attorneys.
Attorney Lawrence Schonbrun, who represents one of the employees, “is trying to convince the court that the lawyers should instead be paid according to the amount of work they put in.”
“Every dollar class lawyers get for their fee is a dollar the class doesn’t get for recovery,” said Schonbrun.
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