Lawyer Barons: What Their Contingency Fees Really Cost America - Faculty Book Podcast

Faculty Division Podcast 09-12-12 featuring Lester Brickman and Peter Schuck
Featuring Lester Brickman, Peter H. Schuck
September 12, 2012

Peter SchuckLester BrickmanLawyer Barons exposes the high but unseen cost of litigation driven by contingency fees, a method of financing that is said to improve access to the courts for personal injury victims with limited means.  Author Lester Brickman argues that there is more to the picture than just improving access, however; that the contingency fee also enables lawyers and judges to collaborate and incentivize litigation to a degree that distorts our civil justice system and imposes other financial and social costs.  

Brickman, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, is joined by critical commenter Peter Schuck, the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale University, discuss the book.

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