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New Faculty Book Podcast: Lawyer Barons: What Their Contingency Fees Really Cost America


by SCOTUScaster
Posted September 20, 2012, 3:29 PM

Lawyer Barons exposes the high but unseen cost of litigation driven by contingency fees, a method of financing that is said to improve access to the courts for personal injury victims with limited means.  Author Lester Brickman argues that there is more to the picture than just improving access, however: contingency fees also enable lawyers and judges to collaborate and incentivize litigation to a degree that distorts our civil justice system and imposes other financial and social costs.  

Brickman, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, is joined by critical commenter Peter Schuck, the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale University, to discuss the book.

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