What's 66 Years of A Lawyer's Time Worth? Say Half a Billion Dollars?

April 19, 2008 What is 66 years of attorney time worth?

On April 8 Philadelphia federal district court judge Harvey Bartle III came up with an answer in the gargantuan fen-phen class action: a little more than $567.67 million.

That's the total he awarded to plaintiffs' lawyers in the case, which has been dragging on since 1999. Judge Bartle found that some 70 plaintiffs firms sank a staggering 578,048 hours into the class action. That's 24,000 days, or almost 66 years of around-the-clock work.

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