A $9 million glucosamine labeling class settlement will be reopened to allow a high-profile objector to challenge the motives of three other objectors.
The district court should have reopened the case to consider Ted Frank’s allegations of “objector blackmail,” Judge Diane P. Wood wrote for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit June 26.
The three objectors appealed approval of the settlement to the Seventh Circuit, then voluntarily dismissed their appeals before briefing began. Frank alleges they acted in bad faith, accepting side payments in exchange for dropping the appeals.
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