Judge OKs $35M H&R Block Settlement But Slashes Attys' Fees

Law360, New York (August 23, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday approved a $35 million settlement between H&R Block Enterprises Inc. and a class of seasonal tax preparers who claimed the company violated California wage laws, but gave the class counsel $7 million less in fees than they had requested.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston signed off the deal to compensate more than 18,000 H&R Block workers, but called the plaintiffs lawyers' $11.6 million fee request “inequitable.” She instead awarded counsel their lodestar figure, $3.9 million.

The original request for fees...
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