Ticketmaster's $23M Coupon Settlement Stalls Over Attys' Fees

Law360, Los Angeles (March 18, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge shot down a $23 million settlement Monday in a class action accusing Ticketmaster LLC of duping customers into joining a costly online coupon service, raising questions about a provision that would see plaintiffs' lawyers paid before objectors’ appeals are resolved.

At a Monday hearing, U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer declined to give the deal preliminary approval, saying it appeared “unseemly” that the provision would allow early payment to plaintiffs' counsel in advance of the case's potential final resolution.

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