Cost Recovery Practices Called into Question in Lawsuit

Last week a lawsuit was filed alleging that law firms overcharge for computerized legal research. You may be asking, “Are we profiting from online legal research?”

The May 7th edition of the National law Journal reports that New York’s Chadbourne & Parke faces litigation regarding allegedly using online contracts to create profits. Firms are reacting by turning to the ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 93-379 and a new tool on the ABA’s website, Cost Recovery: 50 State Survey Results (September 2008), for state-by-state rules and regulations.

However, this issue isn’t black and white and every firm is different. It takes experience, knowledge and an understanding of the intricacies involved with cost recovery issues and methodologies to keep a firm within the ethical guidelines, while meeting their goals.

Cable&Clark offers such expertise and understanding by:

1. Reviewing your current cost recovery process,

2. Recommending customized cost recovery policies and procedures,and

3. Implementing the new procedures internally and externally to clients.


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