Class Counsel and Objectors May Both Be Entitled to Fees


The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has provided us with an interesting analysis into the entitlement of attorneys' fees -- for both sides on appeal -- of an anti-trust class action. In Rodriguez v. West Publishing Corporation, 08 C.D.O.S. 4853 (9th Cir., 4/23/2009), the 9th Circuit reversed and remanded the question of fees, and provided guidance to the District Court for its decision on remand. The trial court must now decide, not only the reasonableness of class counsel's fees, but also a reasonable amount of fees being claimed by certain Objectors to the settlement.

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