In a story published earlier today, the Record reported that Chicago attorney Paul Weiss had been removed by U.S. District Judge Jose Linares from a roster of class counsel settling national litigation against Sprint telephone company. That is incorrect.
Judge Linares presides over a nationwide class action against AT&T Mobility LLC and various entities associated with Sprint Nextel Corporation challenging early termination fees charged by the defendants. Sampang, et al. v. AT&T Mobility, LLC, et al., D. N.J. No. 07-5325 (JLL). On Aug. 6, 2008, Linares entered an order appointing Freed & Weiss and two other law firms as Interim Class Counsel with respect to the claims against AT&T and Sprint. Paul Weiss is a name partner in Freed & Weiss.
Separate settlements in the Sampang litigation were subsequently reached with the AT&T and Sprint defendants. In the motions seeking approval of those settlements, Freed & Weiss is identified as counsel for the plaintiff class with respect to the claims against Sprint only.
On Nov. 5, Linares entered an order in Sampang granting preliminary approval of the settlement involving AT&T. The Record erroneously reported that the order related to the claims in that litigation against Sprint.
Although Weiss and his law firm were not among those appointed in the Nov. 5 order as Class Counsel for purposes of that settlement, they had not requested to be appointed as such. Accordingly, the statement in the Record that Linares "chose not to repeat Weiss's appointment" is incorrect. Related errors in the story involved the incorrect suggestion that there was a connection between the Nov. 5 order and aspects of the history of the Sampang litigation involving Sprint.
The Record apologizes to Paul Weiss and Freed & Weiss and regrets the errors in reporting.