9th Circ. Leaves $28M Wal-Mart MDL Fee Allocation Intact

Law360, New York (December 17, 2013, 8:55 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit upheld an arbitrator's allocation Tuesday of $28 million in fees among plaintiffs' lawyers in multidistrict overtime litigation against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that settled for $85 million, but added that parties may not contractually eliminate all judicial review of arbitration awards. 

While the appeals court didn't disturb the allegedly disproportionate divvying up of the fees by former U.S. District Judge and current Irell & Manella LLP partner Layn Phillips, it tackled a question of first impression and said that a nonappealability clause in an...
To view the full article, register now.