Tag Archives: Legal Fees: Law & Management

Rating Your Lawyer: Setting hourly rates is an art, like collecting them

In the legal and business press, as well as the general public impression of lawyers, setting hourly rates for lawyers is thought to be a mysterious but quasi-scientific process.  Court cases would encourage you to believe that, too, with their … 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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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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Innocent Targets: Target class action settlement worthless to consumers

Consumer class actions are supposed to bundle many small consumer claims together so justice will be done.  Normally, such small claims wouldn’t be viable on their own because there’s not enough at stake to justify the legal fees, even a … Continue reading

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Legal Roulette: Malpractice insurer seeks to drop claims after the fact

Insurance is a form of gambling:  You put your bet down (call it a premium), then the wheel of life starts spinning, and you see what happens while the wheel spins for the term of your policy.  If the ball … 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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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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