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November 22, 2013

Objectors Call for Trial Lawyers Sanctions

Objectors to a $9.6 billion settlement say that plaintiffs’ lawyers in the case should be sanctioned for improperly raising issues just days before oral arguments, the National Law Journal reports.

A court is currently weighing whether to uphold the settlement for economic damages relating to the gulf oil spill. The plaintiffs’ attorneys who negotiated the settlement say that the objection shouldn’t be allowed, since the objectors aren’t legitimate class members.

“On Nov. 12, [lawyers Ted] Frank and [Darrell] Palmer called class counsel’s move ‘sandbagging,’ since they’d had more than a year to raise the issue,” writes the Journal. “They agreed to drop the appeals of two of their clients but moved for sanctions against class counsel for filing a ‘speculative half-investigated motion.”

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