Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Barratry, Champerty, and Maintenance

Here are definitions of some interesting legal terms from Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913):It is not difficult to find examples of these practices nowadays, in the shysters soliciting bankruptcy, personal injury, or DWI clients on TV; in the contigent fee arrangement so common in personal injury cases; and in the myriad organizations whose names end with the words Defense Fund. In more civilized times, such practices were frowned on.

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