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Start Your Engines: Motown bankruptcy legal fees under scrutiny by billable posse

The hottest new bankruptcy involves the City of Detroit.  Early on, the bankruptcy judge announced he would appoint a fee examiner, to make sure the money (much of it committed to employee retirement funds, apparently) wouldn’t be wasted on legal … Continue reading

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Splitting Hairs: Billing small tasks by the hour doesn’t add up

We need public defenders to represent criminal defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer, where there are serious charges involved.  (You don’t get a free lawyer for a routine DUI, for example.)  But paying these defenders is a political football:  … Continue reading

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Got Rats?: Panicked parish signs lopsided fee agreement

Remember the Pied Piper of Hamelin?  He made a deal to rid Hamelin of rats, but the village didn’t pay, so he used his magic pipe to kidnap all the town’s children.  Here’s a story about a Louisiana parish ravaged … Continue reading

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Curses, Spammed Again: Trademark lawyers peddle their wares to a skeptical audience

Sometimes I get the chance to experience the legal system first hand, but from the civilian’s perspective.  For example, sometimes one of my companies is a member of a class that gets notices about class action settlements we can opt … Continue reading

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Shipping & Handling: Beware of lawyers bearing gifts

Lawyers aren’t trendsetters when it comes to marketing and public relations methods.  It used to be unethical to do very much advertising — on the theory, I suppose, that lawyers would mislead the public much more conspicuously if they used … Continue reading

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Survey Says: Midsize law firms aspire to make same mistakes as every other year

Whenever there’s a slow news day, you can whip up a story just by doing an unscientific, statistically meaningless survey.  Whether there’s anything newsworthy behind it doesn’t really matter — it’s just a marketing tool that provides both an excuse … Continue reading

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Ignoring the Client: Wisconsin allows lawyer to negate client settlement to protect inflated legal fees

One consequence of having lawyers regulate themselves is that they get very special treatment when it comes to collecting legal fees — with lots of tools unique to collecting legal bills.  Lawyers influence the whole system, not only through the … Continue reading

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Boneless Law: Lawyers (still) whine about clients’ cost-cutting while throwing money away

Despite the historic economic impact of the Great Recession, many law firms are acting like they’re so profitable that they don’t even know there’s a problem.  So they keep on raising hourly rates, sending out bigger and bigger bills for … Continue reading

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Price Fixing: ABA recommends firms add a “pricing director” to set their fees

Big law firms are apparently so clueless about how to charge for their services or how to appreciate the client’s perspective that a consultant-wannabe has come up with a brainstorm to solve all their problems:  Hire another back-office widget with … Continue reading

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Billionaire Mostly Boys Club: Biggest law firms average $1 billion annual income

“Big law” firms aren’t hurting, despite all the whining they do about the Great Recession and pesky clients asking questions about why the apparent value of legal services is mysterious while they cost more and more every year.  The big … Continue reading

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