Most NY Contingent Fee Cases Don't Make It To Judge Or Jury

Law360, Grand Rapids (July 31, 2017, 5:49 PM EDT) -- Just 1.3 percent of contingency fee cases in New York courts are adjudicated, far fewer than the 13 percent of federal court cases that are resolved by dispositive motions, new research has found.

A very tiny fraction of cases in New York courts involving a contingency fee are decided by a judge or jury on a dispositive motion. Instead, the vast majority are settled or abandoned, according to a forthcoming paper to be published in the Vanderbilt Law Review by four researchers, including professors from USC Gould School of Law.

The research looked at contingent fee lawyers’ closing statements disclosing settlement...

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