Category Archives: Billing

If It Can Happen To 50 Cent . . . It Can Happen To You

Rapper 50 Cent’s legal bills are under scrutiny by a Connecticut bankruptcy court.  50 Cent filed for bankruptcy after losing an invasion of privacy case for posting a woman’s sex tape online, in which the jury awarded her $7 million.  Now, … Continue reading

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Corporate In-House Counsel Embezzled Millions

Longtime in-house senior patent lawyer, Jason Throne, recently admitted to defrauding Hunter Douglas in an elaborate 14-year embezzlement scheme in which he bilked the company out of over $5 million, according to The Denver Post. An earlier Denver Post article, … Continue reading

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Law Firm Refunds Fees . . . Voluntarily!

Imagine you hire a high-end law firm to handle a dispute for you.  The firm handles the matter to your satisfaction and, while the bill seems high, you willingly pay the fee.  Now imagine several months later you receive a … Continue reading

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Manhattan Judge Rules For The Legal Consumer – Again!

Manhattan Civil Court Judge Frank P. Nervo issued an opinion on January 14, 2014 denying a law firm’s $126,000+ legal fee request for recovery of a $6,400 security deposit in a residential lease case.  The “BigLaw” firm, Mayer Brown LLP, submitted the 14 … Continue reading

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Manhattan Judge Rules For The Legal Consumer

Manhattan Civil Court Judge Frank P. Nervo recently ordered attorney Ronny Buni to repay his former clients, Gerald and Vivian Klienerman, over $21,000 of the $22,000+ in fees they paid him, plus interest.  Attorney Buni had filed a civil suit … Continue reading

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Instructive: United States Trustee Program’s Proposed Billing Guidelines

The United States Trustee Program (USTP), an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice tasked with “overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees,” has issued updated proposed guidelines for attorney compensation in chapter 11 cases with $50 million or … Continue reading

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“Churn That Bill, Baby!”

So wrote a lawyer from DLA Piper, a prominent international law firm, in an email to another firm lawyer celebrating the assignment of “random people working full time on random research projects in standard ‘churn that bill, baby!’ mode . . .” … Continue reading

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The Cost of Good Legal Writing . . . Worth It?

In the March 2013 issue of the ABA Journal is an article written by Bryan Garner titled Why Lawyers Can’t Write.  Mr. Garner is president of LawProse Inc., editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, and an author (including a book with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia). … Continue reading

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Holiday Rate Increases

Ah, the holidays, full of festivities, lots of cheer, good will . . . and a letter from your attorneys advising you of their New Year rate increases . . . or in many cases, higher rates in the new … Continue reading

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Education – The Path to Fair Fees

The ABA Journal posted an article on Wednesday titled Firms Wave Goodbye to Billing for Research Costs by Rachael M. Zahorsky.  Ms. Zahorsky reports that law firms increasingly are taking legal research costs off of client invoices: With clients increasingly primed to … Continue reading

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