33% Of Settlement Recovery Deemed Far By C.D. Cal. District Judge.
This post should bring a smile to everyone. A litigant settling a copyright case resulting in the famous “Happy Birthday To You” song becoming part of the public domain requested attorney’s fees after reaching a $14 million settlement. The request was for 33% of the settlement fund, or $4.6 million. U.S. District Judge George H. King (C.D. Cal.) granted the request, finding that a multiplier of lodestar time was warranted based on the result in the case. For you readers out there with a birthday, happy birthday to you.
BONUS: The Wikipedia article on “Happy Birthday to You” states: “According to the 1998 Guinness World Records, ‘Happy Birthday to You’ is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by ‘For He's a Jolly Good Fellow’.”