'Happy Birthday' Counsel Defend $4.6M Atty Fees Bid

By Suevon Lee (July 13, 2016, 7:08 PM EDT) -- A $14 million settlement of a copyright class action placing "Happy Birthday To You" in the public domain may have been approved last month by a California federal judge, but the attorney fees' fight continues, with class counsel on Tuesday decrying the defense's opposition as "a losing party's lament."

The four firms that successfully represented a class led by a documentary film company — Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah Inc., Donahue Fitzgerald LLP and Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP — are seeking $4.62 million in fees for the three-year case, an amount lawyers...

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