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.