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Federal Judge Denies "Exorbitant" Fee for Lawyers

Federal Judge Denies
Posted Wednesday, July 17th 2013 @ 9am  by The Associated Press

 A judge has rejected $140,000 in fees for attorneys who settled a lawsuit for seven Michigan meatpacking workers for a bit more than $1,000.
Federal Judge Paul Maloney calls the request "exorbitant.'' He says dozens of plaintiffs who still are part of the lawsuit haven't recovered anything yet.
The lawsuit accuses JBS Plainwell in Allegan County of failing to pay workers when putting on or taking off protective wear. Seven people took settlements ranging from $110 to $215.  
Matt Turner of the Sommers Schwartz firm and other lawyers asked the judge to order the meatpacker to pay $140,000 in fees. But fees won't be addressed until the case ends.
Turner defended the request, saying the seven plaintiffs benefited from legal work done so far for the entire class of workers.

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