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Ambiguous Retainer Equals No Fee

A federal judge has ruled that New York law requires a lawyer’s ambiguous retainer agreement to be read in favor of the client.

As a result, Barry Fredericks won’t be…

More Law Firms Charging Fixed Fees, Study Says

Cisco Systems Inc. spurns hourly billing arrangements by its law firms, spending about 75 percent of its legal budget paying fixed fees.

The company is a leader in alternative billing,…

Davis Polk Not Liable for Malpractice

New York’s highest court has ordered a real-estate investment company to pay the $1.4 million outstanding balance of a “success fee” charged by Davis Polk & Wardwell.


Legal Fees Add Up for Politicians

Politicians and political groups caught up in investigations and lawsuits have paid more than $2 million in legal bills in the first quarter of 2007, according to the

Madam Needs Lawyer But Can’t Sell Client List

An alleged Washington, D.C., madam with some 15,000 clients over the years had her assets confiscated as part of an ongoing federal prosecution. So, unable to fund her legal defense…

Scrushy Makes Deal with SEC, But Can He Pay?

The former CEO of HealthSouth will pay $81 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Richard M. Scrushy will forfeit $77.5 million and pay a…

Witnesses Support Fee of $11,000 an Hour

Witnesses defended a lawyer’s request for $11,000 an hour in fees in a trade secret case before a Florida judge yesterday.

Big Settlement Exports U.S.-Style Litigation

In a legal milestone that could portend big bucks for plaintiff lawyers in future cases – and a steady stream of defense fees for those on the other side of…

$100 Million Sanction Sought Against Motorola

The lawyer for a defunct technology company that sued Motorola for stealing trade secrets is seeking a $100 million sanction and $93 million in attorney fees.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Willie…

Back to the Front

ABA Seeks Changes in Bankruptcy Bill’s Attorney Liability Provisions

Flying Under the Radar

After Percolating Quietly, These Legal Issues May Grab Headlines in 2005

A Win-Lose Situation

Tax on Attorney Fee Can Force Plaintiffs to Pay More Than They Are Awarded

It’s Not Just About Money

Keeping Fee Disputes to a Minimum Can Be Key to Reducing Risks of Malpractice Claims and Disciplinary Complaints

Choosing What To Keep

Lawyers Must Choose Carefully When Adding Provisions to Fee Retainer Agreements

Sizing up Attorney Fees

TIPS Task Force Responds to Calls for Regulation of Contingent Fees