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To The Victor: State officials fight over legal spoils cloaked in secrecy

There is an entire sub-industry of private lawyers catering to federal, state, and local governments, paid directly or indirectly out of taxpayer or government money (or some other pile of cash at the disposal of government agencies, like government fees, … Continue reading

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In The Beginning: Hourly fees are relatively new for lawyers

Hourly billing for legal or any services raises all sorts of potential issues, not only with quantity, but also quality of work, staffing, and distorted incentives for the lawyer and impact on the legal system and clients.  Hourly billing is … Continue reading

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No Closure: Law firms among scammers diverting mortgage payments

Although the Great Recession is slowly fading, there are still thousands of people whose homes are subject to foreclosure.  While federal and some state governments have attempted to help, their efforts have provided a cover story for scam artists claiming … Continue reading

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New Jersey Casino: Contingent fees are not for everyone

New Jersey sued Exxon Mobil for billions in environmental damages, using a private law firm, which gets a big piece of the taxpayers’ pie, even though the state has plenty of lawyers of its own who are paid much less.  … Continue reading

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The Retention Dance: Law firm claims duty to forward potential client’s inquiry to his employer

Nearly all law firms now have websites, which are primarily marketing tools to impress potential clients.  I suppose some firms would say their websites are not looking for business, they are just “informational,” whatever that means, but that’s certainly how … Continue reading

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Talking to Yourself: Lawyer discourages overcommunication with needy clients

Legal problems make many clients nervous — even if it’s something minor than can easily afford.  The whole legal process, including lawyers and courts and so on, just makes you worry. And the superior, condescending attitude of many lawyers, even … Continue reading

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Bailing Out: Malpractice defense lawyers recommend bailing on difficult clients

Many legal malpractice cases are based on snap judgments gone wrong, perhaps during a trial or other court appearance.  A failure to object at a key time or making a mistake in an argument might qualify for this.  Others have … Continue reading

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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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