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STATON v. BOEING CO., 99-36086

The district court acted within its discretion in certifying an employment discrimination case as a class action under FRCP 23(a). Parties to a class action may not include in a settlement agreement an amount of attorneys' fees measured as a percentage of an actual or putative common fund created for the benefit of the class.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 05/09/2001
  • Submitted 05/09/2001
  • Decided 04/29/2003
  • Published 04/29/2003


  • Before:  LAY,TROTT and BERZON, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Ninth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Alan B. Epstein,Spector Gadon & Rosen, P.C., Philadelphia, PA, for the Plaintiffs-Objectors-Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Bruce A. Harrell and Oscar E. Desper III, Harrell, Desper, Connell & Roesch, Seattle, Washington, and Charles K. Wiggins, Bainbridge, WA, for the Plaintiffs-Appellees., C. Geoffrey Weirich and Maureen E. O'Neill, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, Atlanta, GA, for the Defendants-Appellees.
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