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By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

A retired American judge has been admonished for ordering a lawyer, who settled a class action lawsuit, to accept payment of his $US125,000 ($141,000) fee in $US10 women's apparel coupons,…

A retired American judge has been admonished for ordering a lawyer, who settled a class action lawsuit, to accept payment of his $US125,000 ($141,000) fee in $US10 women's apparel coupons, reports The Washington Post.

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The lawsuit centred on accusations that a women's apparel company violated customers' privacy during credit card transactions.

As part of the settlement, the company issued $US10 coupons to the plaintiffs. The judge evidently thought it sufficient for the lawyer to accept his fees with the same compensation.

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The Commission of Judicial Performance, which disciplines state judges, slammed the judge - who retired shortly after making the order - for his "abusive and biased" behaviour.

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