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Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees

The 4th Circuit flipped a District Court decision to reduce attorneys’ fees in the case from $6,000,000 to $600,000. Why? The court acknowledged that plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyers take on risk when they take a case.

Plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyers are victims (yes, I said victims) of what Malcolm Gladwell and others call “creeping determinism,” the sense that, in hindsight, what has happened was actually inevitable when the outcome was far from inevitable from the beginning.