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ABSURDITY-AT-LAW

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This weekly “blogcast” will focus on the "absurdities" of the American legal system.  Participants can share their absurd experiences with the law and their attorneys, and can get some tips on what to do when selecting or firing an attorney.

One of the most glaring absurdities of our legal system is the contingent fee. It became accepted in the late 18th century, ostensibly in response to the strong American desire to insure access to the courts by the poor.  Unfortunately, it quickly became intimately connected to ambulance chasing, thereby popularizing the worst aspects of our legal system.

Attorney overcharging has become the rule rather than the exception. In 2003, plaintiff attorney fees in the US totaled an estimated $46 billion. This is only slightly less than the 2003 total sales figure for BMW.

And, the poor no longer need help getting to court.  The modern advent of litigation funding is steadily working its way into our legal system.

Future blogcasts will cover all sorts of absurdities, such as those that appear in: racism, religion, evolution, wars, jail, profanity, morality, government, truth and justice, nuclear bombing, football helmets.

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