In Re: Prempro Products et al

Filing 3267

LETTER/ORDER directing Plaintiff's counsel to respond to the question regarding the percentage of the contingency fee by 5 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2014. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 12/27/2013. (jak)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS RICHARD SHEPPARD ARNOLD UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE 500 W. CAPITOL, ROOM A403 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS 72201-3325 (501) 604-5140 Facsimile (501) 604-5149 December 27, 2013 Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Members Mr. Chris Kirchmer PROVOST UMPHREY LAW FIRM, LLP P.O. Box 4905 Beaumont, TX 77704 Mr. Ted Meadows Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. 234 Commerce St Montgomery, AL 36104 Mr. Tobias Millrood POGUST, BRASLOW & MILLROOD, LLC 8 Tower Bridge, Suite 1520 161 Washington Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Mr. Mike Williams WILLIAMS LOVE O'LEARY & POWERS, P.C. 9755 SW Barnes Road, Suite 450 Portland, OR 97225 Defendants’ Steering Committee Members Mr. T. Scott Allen CRUSE, SCOTT, HENDERSON & ALLEN, LLP 2777 Allen Parkway, 7th Floor Houston, TX 77019 Mr. Russell G. Thornton STINNETT THIEBAUD & REMINGTON, LLP 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 4800 Dallas, TX 75202 Mr. Steven Glickstein KAYE SCHOLER LLP 425 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022 Mr. Brian A. Troyer THOMPSON HINE LLP 3900 Key Center 127 Public Square Cleveland, OH 44114 Ms. Mary Hunnell Smith SMITH & SMITH 5120 Woodway, Suite 7036 Houston, TX 77056 Mr. Alan R. Vickery SEDGWICK, DETERT, MORAN & ARNOLD, LLP 1717 Main Street, Suite 5400 Dallas, TX 75201 Mr. Joseph P. Thomas ULMER BERNE LLP 600 Vine Street, Suite 2800 Cincinnati, OH 45202 Page 1 of 2 Lead and Liaison Counsel Ms. Zoe Littlepage LITTLEPAGE BOOTH 2043A W. Main Street Houston, TX 77098 Ms. Lyn P. Pruitt MITCHELL, WILLIAMS, SELIG, GATES & WOODYARD 425 West Capitol, Suite 1800 Little Rock, AR 72201 Mr. Ralph M. Cloar, Jr. CLOAR LAW FIRM 1501 N. University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201 Mr. John W. Vardaman, Jr. Mr. Stephen L. Urbanczyk Mr. F. Lane Heard, III WILLIAMS & CONNOLLY, LLP 725 Twelfth Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005 Re: In re Prempro, 4:03-CV-1507, Contingency Fees Dear Plaintiffs’ Counsel: Recent information indicates that Plaintiffs’ counsel, or at least some of them, are charging a 45% contingency fee. If this is correct, I would like Plaintiffs’ counsel to explain why a 45% contingency fee, vice the standard 33.3%, is justified. Please let me hear from you on this point by 5 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2014. While I have not researched it in quite a spell, I believe I have the authority to ensure that reasonable fees are being charged to clients. Cordially, /s/ Billy Roy Wilson Original to the Clerk of the Court cc: Other Counsel of Record The Honorable Joe Volpe Page 2 of 2

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