Lawyers who filed a class-action lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive over the 2005 Hot Coffee scandal have put in a claim for $1,000,000 in legal fees.
But, as Overlawyered reports, the total value of a settlement award to 2,676 claimants in the case tallies less than $27,000. Here's how those awards break down:
- Tier 1 (up to $35.00) (no [GTA San Andreas disc] exchange required): 416
- Tier 2 (up to $17.50) (exchange required): 22
- Tier 3 ($10.00) (exchange required): 131
- Tier 4 ($5.00) (no exchange required): 2,050
- Disc Exchange w/o cash: 57
Seven lead plaintiffs are seeking an additional total of $24,500.
Apparently, as part of the settlement, Take-Two may wind up donating $870,000 to the ESRB and the National PTA. Overlawyered's Ted Frank criticizes the claim for fees:
Of course, as we’ve discussed, none of these people had a legitimate cause of action or suffered any legally cognizable injury... Recognizing that this 3774% contingent fee looks fishy... the plaintiffs have sought to inflate the appearance of accomplishment through a $870,000 cy pres award to the National PTA and ESRB...
As GamePolitics previously reported, Frank has been critical of the Hot Coffee suit in the past.
A hearing on the fee issue is scheduled for June 25th.