Biased Wal-Mart Atty Fees Should be Axed, 9th Circ. Hears

Law360, San Francisco (October 8, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT) -- A law firm that represented a class of Wal-Mart Inc. workers in multidistrict overtime-pay litigation urged the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to reverse a federal court's refusal to vacate an allegedly disproportionate allocation of $28 million in attorney fees decided by an arbitrator who purportedly hid his biases against the firm.

The Nevada federal court was wrong not to vacate the award split determined by arbitrator Layn Phillips after the Mills Law Firm discovered that Phillips conducted an unauthorized mediation between Wal-Mart and other parties in one...
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