Attorneys in Surfside condo collapse seek about $100M in fees

FILE - Workers pump water out of the foundation of the former Champlain Towers South building on May 12, 2022, in Surfside, Fla. Attorneys who worked to secure settlements topping $1 billion in the collapse of a beachfront Florida condominium building in which 98 people died are requesting about $100 million in fees and costs according to a court filing made public Monday, June 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File) (Marta Lavandier, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

SURFSIDE, Fla. – Attorneys who worked to secure settlements topping $1 billion in the collapse of a beachfront Florida condominium building in which 98 people died are requesting about $100 million in fees and costs.

A court filing made public Monday says the request represents a discount of as much as $200 million compared with typical class-action cases.

The final amount of fees and costs will be determined by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman, who has already given preliminary approval to the victim settlements negotiated by the lawyers.

The money would come from those settlements, which total more than $1.02 billion. A fairness hearing on the settlements is set for June 23.