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...

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