Rodriguez v. Disner, 688 F.3d 645 (9th Cir. 2012)

Jon Michael Zimmerman

Case Conclusion Date:August 10, 2012

Practice Area:Appeals

Outcome:Affirmed in part, vacated in part.

Description:In a consolidated appeal brought by class counsel and six groups of objectors, challenging the district court's decisions regarding attorney fee awards after the settlement of an antitrust class action against West Publishing Corp. and Kaplan, Inc., the judgment of the district court is affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded where the district court: 1) did not abuse its discretion in declining to award fees to the class counsel from the common fund on the ground that its representation of conflicting interests made it undeserving of such compensation; 2) abused its discretion in not awarding attorneys' fees to the objectors for their work leading to the forfeiture of the class counsel's fees; and 3) properly denied fees to the remaining objectors.