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(Message started by: rlmarketplace on May 12th, 2006, 12:46pm)

Title: What do lawyers look for in Contingent Case
Post by rlmarketplace on May 12th, 2006, 12:46pm
I have a registered copyright that is being infringed, Damages so far are are in the mid six figures. I have plenty of evidence to show this is willful.

The attorneys that have glanced at my case have all told me that i have a good case,  but, only do contingency cases of $1million or more.

The other attorneys who will take my case are not IP attorneys.

Please I would like some open honesty, of what specifically, attorneys are looking for to take a case on a contingency fee basis. :)

Title: Re: What do lawyers look for in Contingent Case
Post by JSonnabend on May 12th, 2006, 2:40pm
In my experience - fifteen years and counting -- there's not pat answer to when and where an attorney will take a contingency fee case.

Generally speaking, personal injury lawyers (a.k.a. "ambulance chasers") often take anything and everything on contingency.  Their m.o. is take cases and settle them quickly for small margin, high volume type of practice.

IP lawyers on the other hand, aren't usually in a position to create this type of practice.  IP cases can be very involved and often don't settle quickly.  Copyright cases are no exception.

Like many other sole IP practitioners, I personally don't take many straight contingency fee cases.  I do take hybrid fee cases at times.

- Jeff

Title: Re: What do lawyers look for in Contingent Case
Post by mactheknife on May 12th, 2006, 10:59pm

Quote:

IP cases can be very involved and often don't settle quickly. Copyright cases are no exception.


Unless you're the RIAA.  Let some high school kid think they will be on the hook for $150k per song downloaded and they'll turn over the $2000 they saved up working for Mickey D's real quick.  ;D

Title: Re: What do lawyers look for in Contingent Case
Post by Melvin on May 24th, 2006, 4:04pm
Thanks for the open and honest answer

mel



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