Class Member Lacks Standing to Appeal Fees to Class Counsel

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Last week, the First Circuit dismissed for lack of standing a class member's challenge to the significant fee award to class counsel in the Volkswagen AG/Audi AG MDL. In re Volkswagen and Audi Warranty Extension Litigation, MDL No. 1790.

The MDL included litigation over alleged oil sludge buildup in engines in the vehicles, and involved about 480,000 cars. The parties reached a settlement under which the automakers had agreed to cover the sludge-related maintenance costs for owners or lessees of Audi A4s from certain model years and Volkswagen Passats from specific model years, if the owners could document required oil changes.

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