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Old 10-28-2011, 01:49 PM   #61
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If want a system in which only the rich have access to the legal system, this would work very well.
So you think a system where lawyers get all the rewards is better?

It's not uncommon in this country, by the time the fees, hours, other expenses and taxes have been dealt with that the plaintiff gets less than 20% of the settlement.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:09 AM   #62
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So you think a system where lawyers get all the rewards is better?

It's not uncommon in this country, by the time the fees, hours, other expenses and taxes have been dealt with that the plaintiff gets less than 20% of the settlement.
Cite?

In normal tort cases, the plaintiff pays the 30-40% and there are no additional fees, taxes, etc. Of course the real key is that there are no fees if you lose, of course.

There are other kinds of cases - civil rights cases, specifically - where the attorney fee can exceed the settlement by a small multiple. That is by design - the point is to give someone the ability to sue police (or whoever) for violating civil rights, even if the actual damages are small.

Some sort of system that prevented complete windfalls would be reasonable, I think (i.e., if the attorney puts in 3 hours of work and the defendant settles, the attorney shouldn't get 1/3 of a large settlement and should be required to take an hourly rate).

But no attorney would take a typical $15,000 accident case for $750 - considering the time spent interviewing witnesses, reviewing medical document, getting estimates, etc., it would not be worthwhile. (Particularly if you only get that amount if you win.)

And are there any restrictions on the amount that the defendant can spend on his attorney?
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:33 AM   #63
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:30 AM   #64
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I would not say it is uncommon, but it does happen. Unknowing lcient with sleazy lawyer.

Typically the lawyer gets some set percentage of the settlement or award, around 1/3. And that covers all their costs and fees. But there have been cases where the lawyer made the contract read that they got X% PLUS all their costs and fees. So the lawyer billed for his time and all the other costs, and that on top of their X5, leaving the plaintiff with a very small recovery.

One big case was back int eh 80s where several fire fighters sued over smoke inhalation. IIRC there was a $10 million award, the plaintiffs got to split about $125,000. The lawyers got the rest.
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Back to square one:
Actress had to re-file under her real name to keep suit from being tossed out of court.
http://entertainment.msnbc.msn.com/_...-her-real-name

Huong Hoang/Junie Hoang
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:27 PM   #66
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She's pretty hot for 40, but she isn't too bright. It is far more likely that producers won't hire her because of her propensity to sue than because of her age.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:48 AM   #67
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Back to square one:
Actress had to re-file under her real name to keep suit from being tossed out of court.
http://entertainment.msnbc.msn.com/_...-her-real-name

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i was just gonna post that, shes an absolute nobody looking for a pay day. i guess Gingerdead Man 3 and Hoodrats 2 aren't paying the bills...
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:55 AM   #68
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i was just gonna post that, shes an absolute nobody looking for a pay day. i guess Gingerdead Man 3 and Hoodrats 2 aren't paying the bills...
Or she panicked.
If that was the best she could do while hiding her age, getting "outed" isn't going to be much help.
The "harm" may be real.

Just not sure she has a case, especially if IMDB can prove the info was publicly available somewhere else and they *didn't* get it from her CC data, as she claims. That she had to come clean to keep the case alive doesn't bode well.
Methinks her crusade might be best directed at the Hollywood casters. And that, alas...
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... she was forced to sue when IMDB took her personal information gleaned from a credit card she used to sign up for the subcription service IMDB Pro and used it to reveal that she is 40.
How did using a credit card reveal her age?

ETA: She looks at least forty to me.

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How did using a credit card reveal her age?

ETA: She looks at least forty to me.
Agreed with the credit card but NO WAY does she look 40. I'd give her late 20's to early 30's, tops.
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Just general question? Don't you need to give your age out if someone hires you? So shouldn't atleast someone in industry know it? So isn't it quite pointless to try prevent it?
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Just general question? Don't you need to give your age out if someone hires you? So shouldn't atleast someone in industry know it? So isn't it quite pointless to try prevent it?
Not really in the entertainment industry.
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