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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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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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