Atty Fee Ruling May Grease Skids For Wage Case Settlements

Law360, Boston (February 20, 2019, 6:10 PM EST) -- The top Massachusetts court's decision Tuesday that allowed easier bids for attorney fees on Wage Act claims stands to make it more palatable for private lawyers to take wage cases and promote even more settlements as employers look to avoid picking up the tab for lengthy litigation.

The unanimous ruling by the state's Supreme Judicial Court clarified the standard for fee shifting in wage cases, saying they should use the "catalyst test" — whether a lawsuit is the primary factor leading to the settlement. This test allows plaintiffs to secure fees when scoring a "favorable settlement," even if it happens out...

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