A Madison County class action against the big phone company Ameritech is being settled for (conjecturally) $12.4 million for consumers and (most definitely) $1.9 million for class counsel. There were some alterations to the original settlement terms, following objections by consumer advocates, but class counsel including Korein Tillery succeeded in preventing any award of fees to the consumerists. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's coverage quotes Judge Nicholas Byron as saying to Ameritech lawyer Leslie Smith, regarding the county's notorious reputation: "I hope you're not agreeing [to the settlement] just because you're in Madison County." Smith's reply is unrecorded.
Dial F for Fees
- New Featured Discussion:"Class actions: rife with abuse or an important legal safeguard?"
- Judge orders end to trial reservation system in Madison County asbestos docket
- PR efforts in atrazine litigation
- Madison County's controversial asbestos litigation system under fire yet again
- Federal district court dismisses Netflix suit
- Hans Bader on challenging class-action abuses
- Wal-Mart Settlement Offer: Potentially Pocket Change for Class Member Participants
- Wal-Mart v. Dukes & A.E.P. v. Connecticut
- Around the web, April 26
- Back Doctors Ltd. v. Metropolitan Property & Cas. Ins. Co.: CAFA jurisdictional limits
- Kabateck Brown Kellner and a figurehead plaintiff?
- Today is the AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion argument
- Madison County asbestos
- Big Apple v. Apple settlement: Ira Stoll responds
- Lawyers Sue Facebook For Letting Kids Like Advertisements
Center for Legal Policy at the