MDL Judge Lets Attys Have It, Then Lets Them Have $111M

Law360 (February 6, 2019, 8:58 PM EST) -- A Louisiana federal judge chastised "vitriolic" fee requests from attorneys on his way to distributing $111.4 million in fees and costs among 60 law firms that worked on multidistrict litigation over allegedly shoddy drywall imported from China.

The amount is associated with work done for the common benefit of all the cases in the MDL and stems from agreements that affected homeowners reached with Knauf Gips KG and its affiliates. Knauf is a German building materials manufacturer and its Chinese subsidiary, Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co. Ltd., advertised and sold drywall in the United States, said U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon....

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