Pa. Fee Claim Ruling Could Spur Deal-Making Between Firms

By Matt Fair (March 12, 2018, 8:35 PM EDT) -- Law firms taking over cases from prior counsel may see extra incentive to negotiate fee-sharing deals following a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that, for the first time in the state, gave the green light to non-contract-based claims from predecessor firms looking to get paid for work on old cases.

The high court's ruling earlier this month reinstated a nearly $15,000 award to Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck PLLC after finding that law firms, in the absence of a formal contract, may pursue claims in quantum meruit against successor counsel to recover their fair share of fees in cases they...

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