Bill padding, and lots of it

In 1 on January 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Two-thirds of lawyers queried in a new survey say they’ve seen specific instances of bill padding, a figure that hasn’t changed much since 1995. On two related questions, the numbers are actually getting worse, as Nathan Koppel notes at the WSJ Law Blog (May 1): “54.6% of the respondents (as compared with 40.3% in 1995) admitted that they had sometimes performed unnecessary tasks just to bump up their billable output”, and “the percentage of attorneys who admitted that they had double billed rose from 23% in 1996 to 34.7% in 2007. And only 51.8% regarded the practice as unethical in 2007, as compared with 64.7% in 1995,” although most ethical authorities not surprisingly frown on that practice. Ted has some further thoughts at Point of Law; the study data, gathered by Cumberland/Sanford lawprof William Ross, is here (PDF).

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