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Caught In A Webb: Ferguson hires high profile lawyer to fight US DOJ reforms

High hourly rates charged by some lawyers make headlines, like this one from the Chicago Tribune:  Ferguson to pay Chicago lawyer Dan Webb $1,335 an hour to pursue reforms.  The “Ferguson” is the small, economically challenged suburb of St. Louis … 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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No Way Out: Court blocks lawyer’s attempt to dump non-paying client

There are lots of stories about the games some lawyers play to induce reluctant or poor clients to pay up.  The usual theme is that the lawyer will undermine the client’s position to gain leverage to force the client to … 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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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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Debt to Society: Prosecutors lending official letterhead to debt collectors

People call or email me all the time with situations they think involve unethical or incompetent behavior by lawyers.  Malpractice and unethical conduct are two different things and they are handled very differently — one by the courts (or maybe … Continue reading

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Lucky Charms: Law firms add offshore offices for low cost, high profit document review

One of the largest law firms in the world is touting its new “back office” in Belfast, Northern Ireland, joining a prior “back office” in the Philippines.  These operations seek to use ultra low cost personnel at local wages to … Continue reading

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Grave Robbers: Estate planning requires special attention to legal fee management

We get many complaints from clients, family members, and others about the legal fees and other charges taken out of estates and trusts by lawyers, banks, and others working in various capacities, e.g., as trustees, executors, or lawyers to the … Continue reading

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Premium Gas: Supreme Court’s Octane decision accelerates patent fee-shifting

Without making any substantive change to patent law itself, the US Supreme Court has made a radical change to intellectual property litigation, especially patent infringement cases.  The change comes by reinterpreting the circumstances in which a prevailing patent litigant may … Continue reading

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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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