1st Circ. Vacates $30M Attys' Fee Award In VW, Audi MDL

Law360, New York (July 27, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Friday vacated a $30 million award to class counsel in multidistrict litigation against Volkswagen AG and Audi AG over oil sludge buildup in engines and related warranties, finding that the fee should have been based on relevant state law instead of federal law.

The appellate court reversed and remanded a lower court decision granting the $30 million award for attorneys' fees in the class action settlement, finding that when a provision in a settlement agreement expressly states that the parties have not...
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