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State Legal Lotteries: States hire private firms for gigantic contingent fees

Here’s a report about a new law in West Virginia to shine a light on the mysterious, fabulously expensive practice of state government agencies contracting to hire outside plaintiff law firms to handle big claims for the state on a … Continue reading

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User Beware: Online lawyer directories rarely reliable

We’re still living in the first “internet” age, when a couple of dropouts with some cash from their parents can “launch” a miniature business based on some basic technology, usually with some connection to “technology,” especially the “internet,” like an … Continue reading

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Peer Review: Florida juries, not judges, must find death penalty facts

Thanks to TV and the occasional real-life experience, most Americans know that juries consisting of ordinary citizens are involved in many trials.  What the jury actually does, and how that works in conjunction with judges, is a bit of a … Continue reading

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Year In Review: “Sophisticated” clients missing the point of legal fee review

My firm has been reviewing legal bills for over 23 years, including over $1 billion in fees from thousands of firms.  (We review both “for” and “against” the law firms — we’re on the side of the reasonable fee.)  For … Continue reading

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Fee Forfeiture: “Deceptive” legal bills backfire on lawyer in arbitration

Can a lawyer bill one or more clients twice (or more) for the same hours of work?  No.  (You can only bill each particular hour one time when you bill by the hour.  We’re not talking about doing similar work … Continue reading

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Flying Blind: Law firms grasping analytics straws instead of self-awareness

Some law firms apparently have trouble knowing their own internal costs, typical path of their legal projects, and potential outcomes to be able to quote fees and then meet the quote. Instead of studying what they do, they just “analyze” … Continue reading

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Voodoo Economics: Firm replaces billable hours quotas with revenue tracking

Billable hours certainly create some problematic incentives for lawyers and law firms.  They put all the risk on the client and can reward delay and complication, encouraging lawyers not to solve problems but to see imaginary problems or avoid efficient … Continue reading

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Bad Guess: Law firm charging six times its fee estimate escapes fraud claim

We always suggest that clients request and law firms provide estimates for their legal fees and expenses.  The first estimate needs to come as part of the firm selection process, but then it needs to be updated regularly, especially when … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows: Companies complain about relationships between attorneys general and plaintiff law firms

Some states, often through their attorneys general, are entering into lucrative contingent fee contracts with plaintiff law firms who make millions of dollars by representing the rights of the state (and taxpayers), at the expense of alleged wrongdoers, but also … Continue reading

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Flat World: Flat fees aren’t a legal billing panacea

The legal industry press is forever proclaiming the demise of hourly billing in favor of flat fees.  Despite all the hype, nothing has really changed:  In the part of the legal and business press catering to “biglaw,” hourly fees are … Continue reading

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