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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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Bill or Else: Managing partner threatens to fire late billers, the day before Thanksgiving

Lawyers who bill by the hour need to keep track of their hours, which means writing them down (or entering them, including details of what was done), so the firm can issue timely bills to clients, usually monthly.  As you’d … 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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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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