Tag Archives: False Billing

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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“Is Your Lawyer’s Bill Too High?”

We have written about HALT.org (Help Abolish Legal Tyranny) in previous posts and its work for transparency in attorney discipline and reporting on state bar associations’ secrecy in the handling of attorney ethics complaints.  HALT also has a number of self-help brochures … Continue reading

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Robbing The Elderly . . . Sanctioned By The Court?

A guardian, conservator, or other-termed fiduciary, often an attorney, is appointed by the court when certain elders (and others) are incapable of caring for themselves and/or their property, and they need protection.  But who protects these elders when the fiduciaries … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor – Legal Buyer Beware

In December 2011, Debra Cassens Weiss posted an article on the ABA Journal website titled Suit by Fired Lawyer Claims Law Firm Encouraged Fraud with 3000-Hour Billable Quota.  The article reported on a California lawyer’s employment bias law suit alleging he … Continue reading

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Why Do So Many Lawyers False Bill?

Perhaps many lawyers false bill because they can get away with it.  Padding billable time, for example, has become so common that many lawyers don’t even consider it improper. Dan Ariely, the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral … Continue reading

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Billing Fraud: Past, Present . . . and Future?

Now that LPR has been established, we are receiving information from interested people about issues legal consumers face.  One such person sent us a link to an article published in 1999, written by Catholic University law professor Lisa Lerman, titled Blue-Chip … Continue reading

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