Supreme Court Won't Review Chinese Drywall Atty Fee Award

By Emily Field (January 10, 2022, 7:04 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an Eleventh Circuit decision that upheld a fee award of $5.8 million to class counsel in the defective Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation from MDL attorney fees from past work on the case.

As is custom, the high court did not explain why it chose not to hear the November petition from lawyers who represented 497 individual plaintiffs in suits stemming from the MDL. In their petition, the attorneys had argued that the MDL compensation system is out of control, and the award conflicts with the so-called American Rule, under which litigants generally...

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