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October 2, 2018

U.S. Solicitor General to Argue In Cy Pres SCOTUS Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will allow U.S. Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco 10 minutes of argument time in Frank v. Gaos, a case that may decide the future of cy pres settlements in which settlement money is awarded to groups rather than class members, Law360 reports.

The settlement consists of a cy pres-only award, in which $5.3 million will go to six nonprofits and $2.25 million to the lawyers. Francisco told the Court in a brief that the government has “interests in protecting consumers and ensuring the fair disposition of class actions” and has “rais[ed] concerns about particular settlements.”

Oral arguments in the case will be held on October 31.

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