Fee Awards Suit To Illuminate Class Action Policy

Law360, New York (September 14, 2009, 2:49 PM EDT) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court hears Perdue v. Kenny A., a case hinging on whether a federal judge can increase a fee award for exceptional performance by pro bono plaintiffs attorneys, on Oct. 14, it will be forced to grapple not only with legal issues but with the public policy of civil rights class actions.

After fighting a losing battle in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the state of Georgia asked the high court to review a $10.5 million fee award issued...
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