A U.S. District Judge wants to know why he shouldn’t grant a request from lawyers in a major Indian class action suit to receive $60.8 million in legal fees, The Blog of Legal Times reported.
The plaintiffs’ legal team requested $60.8 million for their efforts in Keepseagle v. Vilsack, which was filed more than a decade ago. In November, Judge Emmet Sullivan gave preliminary approval to a $760 million settlement for the case, resolving allegations that the Agriculture Department discriminated against American Indians when handling farm loans.
However, Justice Department attorneys and members of Congress have objected to the fees, saying they are unreasonable. Sullivan has scheduled an April 24 hearing on the fairness of the fees.
Joseph Sellers, a partner at the law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC in D.C., leads the plaintiffs’ legal team. The team also includes Paul Smith, a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP in D.C.; David Frantz, a partner at the law firm of Washington’s Conlon, Frantz & Phelan LLP in D.C.; and Anurag Varma, an attorney at Patton Boggs LLP in D.C.