Attys' Fees Sink Proposed Adventist FLSA Settlement

Law360, Los Angeles (February 3, 2012, 9:20 PM EST) -- A Florida federal judge Friday rejected a proposed settlement in a putative wage-and-hour collective action brought by three nurses against Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc., calling unreasonable a deal that would pay attorneys’ fees more than three times the size of the plaintiffs’ damage award.

“[T]he court notes that the plaintiffs’ attorneys should consider whether their current fees were incurred in the best interest of their clients, or whether a conflict of interest taints the amount of plaintiffs’ recovery,” U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham said in...
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