In Laffitte v. Robert Half International Inc., ___ Cal.App.4th ___ (Oct. 29, 2014; pub. ord. Nov. 21, 2014), the Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Seven) confirmed the continuing vitality of the percentage-of-the-fund method of fixing attorneys' fee awards in common fund cases.
The Court also addressed settlement approval, and construed the Ninth Circuit's opinions in In re Mercury Interactive Corp. Securities Litigation, 618 F.3d 988 (9th Cir. 2010) and In re Bluetooth Headset Products Liability Litigation, 654 F.3d 935 (9th Cir. 2011). This is the first time either opinion has been cited in a published Court of Appeal opinion.
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