Attorney-client privilege, the confidentiality of communications between lawyer and client, is a protection for discussions between those two parties. How strict is that rule? What if a public relations firm has access to the communication? Is the privilege lost?
High net wealth individuals often look to invest their money outside of a bank. These individuals might choose to invest in real estate or a professional sports franchise. How about bankrolling other people’s lawsuits to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars? It is happening, and it seems as though it has the potential to be quite a lucrative venture for those involved.
Anyone involved in the practice of law, especially when it comes to representing plaintiffs in contingency fee cases, will admit that preparing for and litigating matters costs a lot of money. The rewards can be huge, but if you have too many losers, you could end up hurting in the wallet. The high cost of litigation coupled with a troubled economy only makes it more difficult for attorneys who dream of taking on big plaintiffs cases.
There are numerous positives of having enough funding to pay for all the necessaries leading up to trial. The glaring potential negative is that the investor(s) might seek to control attorneys’ actions.
Litigation finance companies have sprouted across the country to help infuse funds into firms who need help with money. Is this just “another step in leveling the playing field between plaintiffs and defendants” or should it raise a concern that attorneys will not truly be making the decisions for their clients?
One of the first things any law school student will learn in what is usually a 2L Legal Drafting course is that punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure really do matter. I remember my professor telling us that the placement of a single comma affected whether the plaintiff in a case would be given a $2+ million award or nothing at all. I bet the legal clerk drafting that contract wish he/she took an extra .2 hours to double check in that instance. It probably would have cost the client all of $30.
The punctuation, sentence structure, and words used comes in to play in contractual matters more often that one might initially think. For instance, whether the word “inclusive” or “exclusive” was used in an agreement could decide who actually owns the Los Angeles Dodgers. Read more “Bad Contract Drafting Leaves The Los Angeles Dodgers Ownership Unknown”
When you think of lawyer, do you think of someone who is Jewish? That would be called a stereotype, and while there is nothing wrong with you thinking that way, is there something wrong with playing up on the idea that Jewish attorneys are more desirable than non-Jewish attorneys?
The Jewish American Bar Association is a new organization that has been advertising a Jewish Lawyer Referral Service with the following line: “Prefer A Jewish Lawyer!” Read more “South Florida Jewish Lawyers”