Ed White responds to attacks on Bob Stein and Tom Ward
Ed White, one of the original six plaintiffs that filed suit against the NFL for the unauthorized use of their images, asked me to post his response to the attacks on Bob Stein and Jim Ward for opposing the settlement and asking for legal fees in connection with the 4 years of work they put into the case. You can see my comments at the bottom of this page.
Here is Ed White’s message:
I am so disgusted with attorneys the likes of Hausfield and Zimmerman. They see an opportunity to milk the retired players by cutting a back room deal that only benefits them and the NFL, it reeks of collusion…Not only do they want to encourage the retired players to settle, but these guys write this bogus newsletter from a make-believe retired players’ association. Now they want to control us for the rest of our lives. Who do these people think they are? We cannot stand for this…the wool is so thin you can see through it.
As for the shots at Bob Stein and Tom Ward..who have been working for all of us.
I have known Bob since 1969…he is one of the most honorable, straight forward, and loyal friends a man could have. A dear friend and ex-teammate, John Henry Ward, told me the week he passed that a man only needs a good dog, a good woman and one good friend…Bob Stein would be that one good friend you would want!
Bob and Tom have worked their fannies off for four years. They have never wanted to settle for an easy paycheck.
We the plaintiffs in this case have NEVER had discussions about money…I want no more than ANY of my other NFL brothers get. Knowing the other plaintiffs like I do, my guess is they feel the same…
Here are my comments:
The “Voice” Newsletter from Hausfeld asked the question “If Bob Stein andTom Ward Think the Settlement is a Bad Deal, Then Why Are They Taking Credit for it and Seeking Over $4 Million in Fees?
Here’s the answer:
Of course they applied for legal fees, AND have always opposed the settlement terms, as they do now. Bob Stein conceived and began the lawsuit and has been at it every step of the way, mostly as co-Interim Lead Counsel. His hours were billed at about 50% of Michael Hausfeld’s rate. Bob Stein has more effort and hours (over 3,200) in the case than any other attorney. That is all public information.
The attorneys trying to ram through this pathetic excuse for a settlement put a clause in it stating that “only attorneys who sign the Settlement Agreement can apply for legal fees from the Court”.
Bob Stein, Tom Ward and Mike Ciresi’s law firms still refused to sign the Settlement, along with all 6 Original Plaintiffs, but saw no reason not to apply to be paid for the work they have done benefiting the class, even though they oppose the proposed Settlement. They still oppose it, whether they are paid or not. That is up to the judge. They oppose the settlement because they don’t think it is fair, even though that means they are working against their own chance to receive a large fee.
If this unfair Settlement is finalized, it would be even more unfair to only pay the attorneys who have tried to push it through and shaft us all. By the way, any fees they receive would come out of the same attorney fee pool, so total legal fees to the class would not increase….but they would largely come out of Hausfeld’s and Zimmerman’s share.