Chance v. United States Tobacco Co.
- Case Date: 4/3/2006
- Project Name: Reining in the Plaintiffs' Bar
On April 3, 2006, WLF filed a brief in the District Court of Seward County, Kansas, opposing a fee request by plaintiffs' attorneys for $22.5 million for settling a class action lawsuit where users of smokeless tobacco products will receive only coupons toward the purchase of future products. The face value of the coupons total $60 million, but only $24 million worth of coupons is guaranteed to reach class members. On March 7, 2006, the district court awarded the attorneys $15 million as a reasonable fee, but is considering awarding up to $7.5 million more. WLF argued that the value of the settlement was grossly inflated and that the court should not deny awarding any more fees.
More Information and Downloads:
4/3/2006: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Limits Attorneys Fee Award in Coupon Class Action Settlement