A group of national law firms that failed to recover significant damages in federal antitrust suits against Microsoft is demanding a cut of the $15.5 million in fees awarded to plaintiffs lawyers in a Florida class action suit against the software giant.
During oral arguments Thursday before the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami, a Washington, D.C., lawyer representing 31 law firms involved in the federal litigation against Microsoft argued that they should share in the attorney fees awarded in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court action. . . .
[B]ut the three-judge panel of the 3rd DCA seemed unsympathetic. "You got paid for your case in federal court and now you want to get paid for their case?" Judge Juan Ramirez Jr. asked. "How is that fair?"