NCAA Class Action Representative Disregarded?

In a story that should disturb good class action attorneys and most lawyers, one of the named plaintiffs in a class action against the NCAA told reporters last week that he was never told about a proposed settlement agreement that he opposes. While class actions are complex, the rules of professional conduct are not tossed out the window, and two basic rules are that “a lawyer shall abide by a client’s decision whether to settle a matter,” Rule 1.2, and … Continued

Attorney Fee Awards: the sometimes painful price of admission

Townsend v. Townsend, 20 N.E.3d 877 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014) is a reminder that judges, in family law cases, have almost unfettered discretion to award attorney fees – even when neither of the parties has the resources to pay the attorneys. Or perhaps it is a reminder of the infirmities of our current family law system that, too often, impoverishes parents for the benefit of attorneys and, at times, at the expense of children. In Townsend, the father had previously … Continued