Class Attys Get $20M From UnitedHealth ERISA Win

By Craig Clough (January 6, 2022, 5:34 PM EST) -- A California federal judge awarded class counsel more than $20 million in fees and costs Wednesday for a victory against a UnitedHealth Group unit that the court ordered to rewrite its rules on substance abuse and mental health care coverage.

The order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero largely granted the class' requests for fees and costs, but did reduce a multiplier request from 1.5 to 1.05. 

The judge also rejected United Behavioral Health's argument that the class only achieved a procedural victory and should not qualify for fees and costs, saying "[n]one of the cases cited by UBH establishes...

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