Smucker False-Ad Plaintiff's $3M Attys' Fees Get Stomped

Law360, New York (March 3, 2014, 5:43 PM EST) -- A California federal judge said Friday that the attorneys' fees requested by the plaintiff in a false advertising class action against The J.M. Smucker Co. were “grossly excessive,” awarding lawyers a fraction of the $3.3 million they were purportedly owed.

Plaintiff Mary Henderson had contended that she was entitled to fees as a “successful” or “prevailing” party under the catalyst theory because her lawsuit prompted Smucker to remove the “wholesome” and “homemade goodness” marketing claims from its Uncrustables products, remove trans fat from Uncrustables, and remove...
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