Drivers Slam Fee Bids By 'Ghost Lawyers' In $10B VW Deal

Law360 (February 22, 2018, 10:53 PM EST) -- Hundreds of “ghost lawyers” who showed up at the $10 billion resolution of multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s diesel-emissions scandal shouldn’t get a cut of the awarded fees and costs since their work didn’t benefit the whole class, the vehicle owners told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday.

After VW agreed to a settlement that included $10 billion to compensate approximately 490,000 Volkswagen 2.0-liter “clean diesel” vehicle owners and lessees, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer approved a request for $167 million in fees and $8 million in costs for class...
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