How to Handle a Class Action Settlement

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“Settling a class-action case I am one of the 4 lead plaintiffs. Lets say the case settles for $25 million. Do the original 4 people get compensated better than the “mass” off employees jumping on after its made public? How is it then figured? Do they get a higher % or just a flat payment for the extra time they put into it?”

Question: That depends almost entirely on the terms of the contract you signed with the law firm representing you, and the terms of the settlement or award.