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Q: In a class action lawsuit is it a standard practice for law firms to sub contract to 2nd law firm

I am lookin for legal rep for a bad drug class action suit and I noticed high legal fees in regards to contracting a firm due to them sub contracting to a 2nd law firm

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Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
  • Tukwila, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: There ARE circumstances where the fee can go up in a mass tort case, but you would have been notified and signed a joint representation agreement at the start. The fee should total 40% + costs for cases in litigation, give or take. The fee doesn't go up just because another lawyer is involved - the lawyers split the fee among themselves.

That being said, it's totally normal for a firm to associate in a 2nd law firm who already has a bunch of the particular bad drug cases.

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