Why 'Class Action Attorney Fees' Are Such Dirty Words

Law360, New York (July 13, 2017, 9:18 AM EDT) -- “Look at this. It’s one of those class action settlement notices.”   “I can never understand those things. What’s it say?”   “I don’t know. But whatever it says, I’m sure those plaintiffs lawyers are making out.”

How many times have we heard this discussion? Hell, how many times have we had this discussion? For eons, the notion that plaintiffs class action lawyers deserve payment — sometimes handsome — for their services has drawn ridicule and scorn.

But why? Why do so many people insist that...
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