How Much Is Too Much?

A fight over attorneys' fees helps keep Cobell case unresolved.

, The American Lawyer


In December — when he signed off on a $3.4 billion settlement aimed at ending a massive class action filed by Native Americans against the federal government — President Barack Obama said, "It's finally time to make things right." Five months later, the matter isn't quite settled. One reason: a dispute over how much of the landmark payout — the largest ever by the U.S. government in a class action — should go to the plaintiffs lawyers who worked on the case known as Cobell v. Salazar.

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