The Orange County Register and the home delivery carriers who deliver the newspaper have agreed to a settlement of a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of those carriers. Through such settlement, The Register will pay to the class members not more than $22 million through a claims-made settlement process. The ultimate amount paid will be based on the number of claims submitted and validated through this process.
No amount has been set for Plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees. It is up to the sound discretion of the trial court to determine the reasonable amount of such fees. Although Plaintiffs’ counsel is seeking $12 million in fees, it is by no means certain that the Court will award that amount, and it can award less.
The Register also changed
the way it classifies its carriers some of its policies and practices regarding newspaper carriers.