How are attorneys paid in class action cases?
UPDATED: February 28, 2009
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The amount of the fees courts award is based upon a number of factors, including the quality of the work, the difficulty of the case, the nature of the result, the number of hours the lawyers and their staff spent on the case and the risks involved. In some cases the major benefits are an order compelling a defendant to stop doing things that damaged the class of plaintiffs, such as discontinuing anti-competitive prices, or remedying a violation, such as having a polluter clean up a river. Where the major benefits to the class are in the form of a cash settlement from the defendant(s), very often the court will award approximately 30% of the gross settlement.