Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SCOTUS TAKES AT LEAST SOME OF THE KEYS TO THE COURTHOUSE AWAY FROM HUMAN RIGHTS PLAINTIFFS

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I guess now we have to do credit checks before we risk-share with victim/clients

2 Comments:

At 6:43 AM, June 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it bad when your lawyer sues you for unpaid retainer, when it was (partially)the lawyer's fault that the case became protracted?

sued by your own lawyer......

 
At 8:53 AM, June 22, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Kind of off topic but I will respond.

When a lawyer sues a client it always means that one or both parties passed up meaningful opportunities to resolve the outstanding fee issues. Usually it is the non-paying client who fails to explore useful alternatives, but sometimes it is the lawyer.

The worst sequence in the world for a lawyer is Bill, followup Bill, Demand Letter, Suit.

On the other hand, it is my experience that a client who refuses to maintain an ongoing deposit for services isn't going to pay at the conclusion of services anyhow.

I'm sure you realize that your "fault" analysis appears to be your conclusion. I cannot tell if that is just an after the fact justification for your non-payment or if the lawyer has owned up to that.

Without all the facts, I would have preferred to see your fee situation in no-cost mediation (a free service of the ISBA, about which I inform all of my clients) but cases like yours are why we have courts.

TYFCB

 

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