Safety-Kleen Asks 9th Circ. To Nix Fees In Wage Suit

Law360, San Francisco (May 12, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT) -- Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to negate an award of attorneys’ fees to plaintiffs’ counsel in a $200,000 overtime class action settlement, arguing a lower court failed to first determine the so-called lodestar figure before finding the fee amount.

The now-defunct industrial waste processor claims a California district court unfairly used the $640,700 lodestar figure proffered by plaintiffs’ counsel — who had sought more than $1.6 million in total fees — as its starting point and reduced it by half to arrive...
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