Judge Criticizes Fees Lawyer Received In Sears Settlement

A North Carolina business court judge has criticized a settlement for consumers who had wheel alignments at Sears.

Superior Court Judge Ben Tennille says lawyers received 950-thousand dollars in fees but consumers got a total of 24-hundred bucks.

Tennille says he can't do anything about the settlement because it was approved in an Illinois court. He said in an order issued in May that the settlement tarnishes the public's perception of the legal profession.

Sears declined comment because it is appealing the case. But Wilmington lawyer Gary Shipman says Tennille is off base and
defended the legal fees.