Citing inefficient staffing and high hourly rates, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle slashed attorney fees in half for plaintiffs' lawyers in multi-district litigation against daily deal company LivingSocial.
In a March 22 opinion approving a settlement between consumers and LivingSocial over expired deals, Huvelle awarded $1.35 million in fees to the 12 law firms that represented the plaintiffs, instead of the $3 million they asked for as part of the settlement. Co-lead plaintiffs' counsel at Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd did not immediately return requests for comment.
LivingSocial spokesman Andrew Weinstein said in a statement that the company was "pleased to have brought this litigation to a conclusion, so we can focus all of our efforts on creating great local experiences for our customers." The company was represented by a team from Cooley; lead attorneys Michael Rhodes and Christopher Durbin were not available this morning to comment.