Seyfarth Shaw Labor & Employment partner Gerald Maatman was quoted recently in a National Law Journal article on an unusual conflict between two firms that were former co-counsel on a class action suit in California.
Attorneys Daniel Wolf and Maria Caplan, along with the firm Sprenger+Lang reached a $70 million settlement in Los Angeles County in June 2010 on behalf of a group of television writers, but have yet to resolve the proper division of their $23 million in fees, despite appearances before a mediator, and arbitrator and the District of Columbia Superior Court, and are now proceeding to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Wolf and Caplan claim the arbitrator exceeded his authority in reaching a division, but Jerry, representing Sprenger+Lang says the case is straightforward.
"Every fact-finder, both the arbitrator and the…judge, has agreed with our arguments," he said. "We're hopeful that the appellate court will do so also."