Class Action Claims: Avoiding Attorney Fee Recovery Pitfalls
Asserting or Challenging Reasonableness of Fees and Anticipating Tax Consequences
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE program will provide class counsel with a review of attorney fees issues for all sides involved, such as determining whether fees are sufficiently reasonable, understanding tax implications for plaintiffs, and avoiding ethical pitfalls.
Attorney fee overview
- Legal justifications for fees: fee shifting statutes, common fund doctrines, common benefit rules, ethics considerations
- Court determinations of reasonableness: multifactor, lodestar, percentage, blended methodologies
- Tax implications
- Best practices
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What is the lodestar approach to determining appropriateness of attorney fees, and how does it differ from percentage or multifactor methodologies?
- How are cy pres charitable contributions being used to justify fees?
- What tax consequences may be triggered depending on whether a class suit is opt-in or opt-out?
Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.
McDermott Will & Emery
Ms. Erickson's practice concentrates on tax controversies and tax litigation before the IRS Examinations Division... | Read More
Ms. Erickson's practice concentrates on tax controversies and tax litigation before the IRS Examinations Division and National Office, the U.S. Tax Court, and federal district courts. She has spoken and written on the use of ADR in federal tax controversies.Close
Jeffrey S. Jacobson
Debevoise & Plimpton
He focuses his practice on the defense of consumer and securities class actions and on the e-Discovery challenges... | Read More
He focuses his practice on the defense of consumer and securities class actions and on the e-Discovery challenges presented by complex litigation and investigative matters. He is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2011) for Securities Litigation and Data Protection and Privacy and is recognized as a Securities Litigation “Star” in the IFLR Benchmark Litigation Guide (2010).Close
Amanda Arnold Sansone
Her practice is focused on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on class action defense. She has experience... | Read More
Her practice is focused on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on class action defense. She has experience in securities litigation, hospital medical staff counseling and litigation, contractual disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-competition agreements, and business torts.Close