According to the terms of the NFL concussion settlement, the players involved were assured that “no part of the $765 million deal would go to lawyers.” That statement may not have been entirely true.
Cherokee Nation found it “inappropriate, unreasonable and unconscionable” for Baby Veronica’s adopted parents to seek more than $1 million in legal fees from Brown and the Tribe. Generally, “[f]ederal and state law gives the tribe sovereign immunity from any efforts to collect money.”
But, sovereign immunity would not apply to Dusten Brown, the biological father of Veronica, who is a member of the tribe. Brown had legal custody of her for two years and fought an “epic legal battle to keep [Veronica] in Oklahoma.”
A New Jersey appeals court has held that an attorney, representing a client whose husband committed suicide while in prison, is not entitled to “wide latitude in Open Public Records Act requests for information about county jail procedures and security.”
Further, because attorney Donald Burke did not fully succeed on his document request, his “$52,275 fee request” was reduced to $4,500. The court said, “An OPRA request is not the equivalent of lawsuit discovery.”
Just over a week ago a Florida court upheld a $4.2 million award of legal fees in the Broward County citrus canker class action. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was unable to convince the Fourth District Court of Appeal “to reverse or reduce the award to plaintiffs’ attorneys.”
Broward residents sued the state of Florida for the “mass removal of citrus trees within 1,900 feet of diseased trees.” The state took significant action to eliminate the bacterial disease before abandoning the mission once hurricanes spread it across the region.
In a recent class action involving Acer notebook computers, a Northern California federal judge cut “the attorneys’ fees award sought by plaintiffs’ lawyers from the requested $2,542,246 to $943,217.” Acer was accused of selling computers that “ran slowly and crashed often because they lacked enough memory to support the pre-loaded operating system.”