• Sixth Circuit Rejects Class Settlement Over Excessive Payments to Class Counsel and Named Plaintiffs
  • August 16, 2013 | Author: Archis A. Parasharami
  • Law Firm: Mayer Brown LLP - Washington Office
  • The federal courts of appeals continue to scrutinize class-action settlements closely when the direct benefits to class members are overshadowed by the attorneys’ fees that flow to plaintiffs’ counsel. The most recent example is Greenberg v. Procter & Gamble Co., No. 11-4156 (6th Cir. Aug. 2, 2013). In its decision, the Sixth Circuit provided guidance to practitioners regarding the fee awards and incentive payments to named plaintiffs.