A class action lawsuit brought against Kellogg, for false health claims about their Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal, recently came to a settlement for a total of $10.6 million. After review by a panel of three judges this settlement was rejected. The reason? The lawyer fees of $2,100 an hour, totaling $2 million were considered too high. The settlement would give each consumer in the class action five bucks a box, limited to three boxes, while overfilling the pockets of the lawyers involved.
These judges put common sense and consumer rights in the forefront and that is a commendable action.
The LA Times reports: “A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the lawyers’ fees — $2,100 an hour— were too high, while those who bought Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats got a ‘paltry’ $5 a box for up to three boxes.
‘Not even the most highly sought after attorneys charge such rates to their clients,’ Judge Stephen S. Trott wrote for the unanimous panel.”