New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) has reportedly signed a law (S. 4577) that will allow courts to award attorney’s fees in class actions to those acting to benefit the class, such as settlement objectors. Previously, the law reserved attorney’s fees to “representatives of a class” only, and the state’s courts have interpreted this to exclude lawyers representing class members who object to a settlement’s terms. According to a news source, the bill’s proponents said the law will encourage objections and make it more difficult for class-action defendants to resolve the disputes with “coupon” settlements, in which plaintiffs receive purportedly token awards and class counsel receive millions in fees. See Reuters, September 21, 2011; New York Law Journal, September 27, 2011.