Facebook Class's $98M Fee Win 'Outrageous,' 9th Circ. Told

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By Dorothy Atkins (February 17, 2022, 9:43 PM EST) — Objectors’ counsel urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to throw out class counsel’s $97.5 million fee award for striking a $650 million deal that resolves claims Facebook’s facial recognition technology violated Illinois users’ biometric privacy rights, arguing that the judge abused his discretion in awarding the “outrageous” fee award.

During a virtual hearing, the objectors’ counsel, Kendrick Jan, told a three-judge panel that the case has a “cornucopia of issues” that should be reversed on appeal.

For one, Jan said, U.S. District Judge James Donato breached his fiduciary duty to the class by awarding class counsel 15% of the total $650…

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