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Two CCAF victories

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As in our successful Baby Products objection, the Center for Class Action Fairness recently represented me objecting to two similar settlements where the attorneys' fees were based on the size of the settlement fund rather than the tiny percentage of the settlement fund that would go to the attorneys' putative clients: Bayer and EA Sports Madden. Confronted with our objection in Bayer, the parties suddenly discovered that they could obtain a list of class members and send them checks directly, increasing payout more than 25-fold by millions of dollars. And the court in EA Sports strongly encouraged the parties to increase payouts and issue new notice to ensure money get distributed to the class: a tripling of payouts plus a more-than-doubling in claims rates has again resulted in millions of dollars for class members.

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