Monica Hughes

91 Texas L. Rev. 961

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In this Note, Ms. Hughes argues that state contingency fee caps should apply to settlements of federal diversity cases pending before multidistrict litigation (MDL) courts.  Part II of this Note begins by giving background on state contingency fee caps and the MDL consolidation process.  Part III then moves to the Note’s core analysis: it argues that state fee caps should apply to MDL settlements for three important reasons.  Next, Part IV addresses two policy concerns that critics have advanced against the analysis in Part III.  After resolving these policy concerns, the Note briefly concludes in Part V.