Quid Pro Quo 101

Law360 (October 31, 2019, 5:52 PM EDT) -- The phrase “quid pro quo” is having its moment. The simple Latin phrase, translated literally as “something for something,”[1] has captured the public’s imagination in a way few legal concepts have in recent memory, vaulting itself from its dusty, common law confines and into our national conversation as three House committees investigate allegations that President Donald Trump sought assistance from Ukraine in the upcoming election.[2]

Quid pro quo has become the pumpkin spice of the federal legal lexicon and will undoubtedly infiltrate Thanksgiving dinner conversations across the country. However, many have used the term with abandon, assuming it covers all manner...

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