2/1 DCA Reverses 10% Fee Award To Attorneys Out Of Minor’s Compromise $18 Million Settlement Where Lower Court Did Not Properly Vet CRC 7.955(b) Factors.
On September 8, 2018, we posted on the then unpublished decision in Schulz v. Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc., Case No. B277493 (2d Dist., Div. 1 Sept. 5, 2018). This opinion reversed a lower court’s award of only 10% in fees out of an $18 million settlement in a minor’s compromise case to the prosecuting attorneys based on the failure to properly consider all of the factors for such an award as set forth in California Rules of Court, rule 7.955(b). We can now report that the decision was certified for publication on October 2, 2018. We would guess that the attorneys will do better on remand given the contingency risks involved and extraordinary results achieved by the attorneys (some of whom happened to be pilots themselves, with expertise to get to the bottom of the issues in the underlying airplane crash incident in Germany).