From the "I'm in the wrong line of work" department, we find this:

Early last year, Toyota agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit with about 2,500 people who complained that high intensity discharge (HID) headlights in the second-generation Prius sometimes turned off for no reason, according to the Los Angeles Times. By settling, Toyota avoided having to go in front of a jury or declaring a recall. About 300,000 people bought or leased 2006-2009 Prius vehicles, the National Law Journal estimates.

Now, five law firms representing plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Toyota over the alleged defects say the firms have a right to collect $4.7 million in attorneys fees on the $3.8 million settlement. They are petitioning a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's decision to chop those fees down to about $760,000, the National Law Journal reports.

Lead firm Girard Gibbs, in a July 30 brief, said the judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals' Ninth Circuit didn't properly account for the actual amount billed by the lawyers, which Girard Gibbs estimated at $1.25 million for its 2,900 hours (that's $431 an hour, folks) and which the other four firms collectively estimated at $1.85 million. No, we're not sure where the other $1.6 million is coming from either.

The judge estimated that the settlement – which involved cash reimbursements for bulb replacements made within the last five years and extended warranties – was worth about $3.8 million, and that the attorneys had a right to 20 percent of that figure. Toyota spent about $1.5 million defending the case, according to the publication.


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      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      scum ******* bottom feeders
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate lawyers like the pest. These people are legal gangsters, thiefs, mafiosi and a real plague.
      Tony McAdams
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where are all the free marketeers, they spent decades to allow these folks to "advertise"? Now they want "Tort Reform", which is it?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tony McAdams
        Reporting for duty; I don't know, seems as if nobody has elected them to congress, the house, senate, presidency, etc. Don't you worry! This *beautifully* perfect system will continue indefinitely as long as lawyers and big corps have the power to prevent reform that favors the consumer. Enjoy that $5 class action settlement you will receive, after that 5-10 year long waiting period.
      Smooth Motor
      • 3 Years Ago
      We can come up with every kind of government program and reform in the world...........all except tort reform. The lawyers continue to run out of control in the country.
      transpower
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lawyers are the scum of the universe.....
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @transpower
        Not quite. Many of them get promotion, and end up as politicians.
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too many law degrees is one of congress' many faults
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Between this type of stuff, the patents suits, and the goings on of suits at Godman Sachs (and similar) one has to shake ones head.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        *spooky voice* Everything is just fine.. the recession is over.. we are creating jobs.. no need to audit the fed.. do not pay attention to the man behind the curtain ;)
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any wonder why so many lawyers end up in Washington? It's always about other people's money.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Sure; lying, using power ( force ), and stealing for a living.. all under the guise that you are doing the right thing. Perfect training for any high level government position!