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Seven Dogged Myths Concerning Contingency Fees

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Washington University Law Quarterly


One of the hallmarks of litigation in the United States us what we call the supposed litigiousness of the American populace, the contingency fee is a frequent target of so-capped tort reform who seek to reduce both the exposure to lawsuits and the amounts paid out in damages. Proponents of so-called reform have propounded a variety of criticisms of contingency fees, along the way creating a variety of myths about the nature and operation of contingency fees. Here, I demonstrate that the most frequently advanced myths are just that — myths.