Judge Says Plaintiffs' Lawyers "Overreached" in $37.8 Million Fee Request

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June 15, 2018

A U.S. District judge said the 26 plaintiffs’ firms in the Anthem data breach class action “overreached” by asking for nearly $38 million in fees, Law360 reports.

Judge Lucy Koh said she was “still grappling with the attorneys’ fees issue” at a hearing yesterday in the Northern District of California. She specifically asked why the 26 plaintiffs’ firms involved in the case subcontracted work to another 27 firms, and why the average number of hours spent deposing the main plaintiffs was 71 hours. Earlier this year, a special master recommended the attorneys’ fee request be cut by $28 million dollars because the “excessive” number of firms in the case likely resulted in duplicated work.