Hagens Berman Must Forfeit $31M Fee Win, 9th Circ. Told

By Dorothy Atkins (April 19, 2022, 10:06 PM EDT) -- An objector's counsel urged the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to force Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP to forfeit or reduce a revised $31 million fee award for securing deals worth $205 million in multidistrict litigation over optical disk drive price-fixing, arguing that the law firm violated multiple professional rules of ethics.

During a hearing before a three-judge panel, objector Connor Erwin's counsel, Robert Clore of Bandas Law Firm PC, argued that Hagens Berman violated multiple California Rules of Professional Conduct in securing its eight-figure fee award before a trial court, including by never placing the disputed funds into a client trust account,...

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