Firm's 20% Fee Bid Slashed In NFL Concussion Settlement

Law360 (March 28, 2019, 7:13 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the National Football League’s concussion settlement significantly trimmed a 20 percent fee request by a class member's former counsel, rejecting current counsel's argument that the firm should be cut out entirely.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Strawbridge gave Leeland McElroy’s former attorney at Pope McGlamry Kilpatrick Morrison & Norwood a 6 percent fee, leaving current counsel at Steckler Gresham Cochran with a 12 percent fee. The judge said Steckler’s post-settlement work was more substantial, but he didn’t buy the firm’s argument that Pope deserves nothing.

“While Steckler correctly points out that it — not Pope —...

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