Lawyers behind a class action against daily deal company LivingSocial are hoping to collect $3 million in fees, the maximum amount that the two sides agreed to in a settlement. The fees are on top of the $4.5 million that LivingSocial agreed to pay to settle claims that its deal voucher expiration dates and other restrictions violated federal and state laws.
The fee arrangement was spelled out in an agreement (PDF) that U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle gave preliminary approval to in October. Under the agreement, LivingSocial said it wouldn't contest a request for attorney fees up to $3 million. On January 18, the plaintiffs filed a motion for attorney fees (PDF), asking Huvelle to order the award.
Plaintiffs in the District of Columbia, Florida, California, Minnesota, and Washington filed class actions in early 2011 against LivingSocial, all alleging similar violations of the federal Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act and state laws. The cases were consolidated into a single multi-district litigation in D.C. federal court.