Attys Get $4.6M In Fees For 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Suit

By Bonnie Eslinger (August 17, 2016, 5:42 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge Tuesday approved a $4.6 million fee request for attorneys who secured a $14 million settlement of a copyright class action placing "Happy Birthday To You" in the public domain, saying the results achieved and other factors warranted the award.

Over the objections of Warner/Chappell Music Inc., U.S. District Judge George H. King supported the award of 33 percent of the $14 million settlement. The $4.6 million sum factored in a "multiplier" to provide the prevailing attorneys with more than the stated fees and costs involved in litigating the matter.

"Given the unusually positive results achieved by the...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!