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Trolls Have It: Patent plaintiff loses, but prevails on legal fee issue

While the law is supposed to be objective and the results of lawsuits foreordained by the facts and law, litigation is really an art (not a science) and a gamble entirely dependent on human unpredictability.  The outcome of litigation depends … Continue reading

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Flattening Justice: State commission set to level civil justice system

Local, state, and federal courts are supported by taxpayers and, in some part, by various charges made by the court to file lawsuits, for example.  In return, the courts are supposed to provide a civilized way to resolve disputes between … Continue reading

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Unethical Clients: Professional coach advises lawyers to avoid strip clubs

Like most lawyers, I run into people who, upon learning that I’m a lawyer, assume all sorts of things about what I must do for a living, how I think, what’s wrong with me, and so on.  These have a … Continue reading

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Ceiling, No Floor: Lawyer agreement sets cap, but not floor, on reasonable fee

Even though lawyers are supposed to know how to write a reasonable contract, it’s surprising how many lawyers and law firms don’t have a reasonable contract with their own clients.  I’ve always thought it was a bad sign that the … Continue reading

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Transactional Immunity: Maryland immunizes lawyers designating themselves as estate reps

Lawyers can make really, really bad personal representatives, executors, or trustees to babysit and distribute your money and stuff once you’re gone.  You might think that someone with a law license would be a logical choice to protect your interests … Continue reading

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Watching The Watchdog: State ethics committee member steals $3 million

We’ve noted before the frequency of problems with lawyers who deal with the elderly, or anyone who needs a guardian or has an estate that needs to be watched for them.  Older people often have substantial assets and may have … Continue reading

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DIY Criminal Law: Georgia replacing prisoners’ lawyers with legal database

Picking on unpopular groups, like prisoners, is how some politicians woo votes.   Before every election there is a race to panic the public about non-existent criminal epidemics as an excuse to jack up the sentences, take away judicial discretion, lock … Continue reading

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Psychic-Client Privilege: Lawyer-psychic doubles as psychic-lawyer

One reason why so many clients complain about their legal fees is that, unlike mechanics, plumbers, and doctors, the value of legal services can often be hard to see — it’s ephemeral.  Even the best legal work can look like … Continue reading

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Chumming The Waters: Florida Bar fights $100 charge to support legal aid

In a cartoon by Bob Mankoff, of The New Yorker, three fish consider whether the world is just:  The large fish thinks the world is just, the middle fish thinks there is some justice in the world, and the smallest … Continue reading

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Legal Locusts: Florida ADA posse makes big impression in New Jersey

Some lawyers handle all sorts of legal matters — whether it’s litigation or transactional work — but other lawyers like to do the same thing over and over.  In the extreme, the lawyer may actually find a niche where he … Continue reading

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