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Covington’s $125M Fee for 3M Case ‘A Little Steep': Lawmaker

March 6, 2018, 1:56 AM

Covington & Burling LLP came under fire March 5 for a $125 million fee it received to represent the state of Minnesota in its $5 billion environmental lawsuit against 3M Co., which settled Feb. 20 for $850 million.

At a March 5 Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee hearing, state Rep. Sarah Anderson (R) questioned the Big Law firm’s contingency arrangement with the state, reached in 2010.

“I’m just curious as to why we are paying a law firm $125 million for seven years of work,” she said. Referring to her own math, she said the sum works out to ...