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Lawyers Admit to Inflating Bills

Posted May 1, 2007 2:58 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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More than half the lawyers responding to a survey admit they sometimes do unnecessary work to hike their billable hours.

Two-thirds of the lawyers surveyed also say they have specific knowledge of bill padding—that is, billing a client for work not performed, the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog reports.

The survey is by William G. Ross, a professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

“With ever-increasing compensation and billing pressures, attorneys are finding ways to generate more hours in a way that is not always ethical,” Ross told the blog.

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