Judge Slashes Attys' Fees In $4.9M Starbucks Wage Deal

Law360, Los Angeles (October 28, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday gave final approval to a $4.9 million settlement of a wage-and-hour class action against Starbucks Corp. — a deal that includes a $1.9 million attorneys' fee award representing less than half of what plaintiffs' counsel originally requested.

The parties had stipulated to the reduced award of fees and costs after Starbucks vehemently objected to the initial request of nearly $4.5 million, calling it “astonishing.” The mega-chain had agreed to pay $3 million to a class of California cafe attendants, baristas...
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