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Class Counsel Earn $3M in Fees in $9M JPMorgan ERISA Deal

October 14, 2020 | Posted in : Class Incentive Awards, Expenses / Costs, Fee Award, Fee Award Factors, Fee Request, Practice Area: Class Action / Mass Tort / MDL, Settlement Data / Terms

A recent Law 360 story by Max Kutner, “Workers’ Atty Get $3M in Fees From $9M JPMorgan Deal,” reports that a New York federal judge signed off on a $3 million payout for lawyers representing a huge class of workers who alleged JPMorgan Chase Bank mismanaged their retirement savings, giving final approval to a $9 million settlement.  U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman said in his settlement approval order that the sum was sufficient, given the likely high cost of continuing the years-long Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation from about 250,000 current and former employees.

"The amount of the monetary relief provided to the class by the settlement, nine million dollars ($9,000,000.00), is fair, reasonable, and adequate, taking into account the costs, risks, and delay of trial and appeal," the order said.  Furman also approved of the workers' requests for attorney fees, reimbursement of expenses and service awards.  The nearly $3 million amount, which Furman called "fair, reasonable and appropriate," goes to attorneys from Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP, Nichols Kaster PLLP, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, Keller Rohrback LLP, Levi & Korsinsky LLP and Capozzi Adler PC.

The settlement also includes $735,000 for litigation expenses and $10,000 service awards to each of the four named plaintiffs.  The workers had sued JPMorgan Chase Bank and dozens of its entities and executives affiliated with the bank's 401(k) plan in January 2017.  They claimed that the plan administrators included pricey investment options because those options were managed by bank affiliates, even as cheaper options were available.  The judge certified the class action in June 2019, and the parties announced in April that they had reached a settlement.  In August, as they waited on final settlement approval, the workers requested the attorney fees.