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New York Post - Bruce Golding

Talk about walking off with the store!

The lawyers who scored a $3.5 million overtime deal for Gristedes supermarket workers will get paid even more than that themselves, a judge ruled yesterday.

Manhattan federal Judge Paul Crotty awarded $3.4 million-plus in legal fees to the law firm of Outten & Golden and nearly $450,000 in costs dating to 2004.

Crotty rejected Gristedes’ arguments that the law firm — which specializes in class-action, labor-law cases — should be limited to one-third of its clients’ recovery.

He noted the “vigorous approach to litigating this case” by the supermarket chain and its billionaire owner, John Catsimatidis, saying, “They cannot now complain as to the amount that plaintiffs were forced to expend in response.”

“It looks like this particular judge just hates us,” fumed Catsimatidis, a potential mayoral candidate.

He blasted the decision as “outrageous” and “totally unfair,” adding that he will likely appeal.

Outten & Golden partner Justin Swartz said the firm was “pleased” with the ruling.