Group Works to Make Lawyers' Fees More Reasonable

Group Works to Make Lawyers' Fees More Reasonable

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Lawyers in Utah and a dozen other states are trying to make attorneys' fees more reasonable.

A group of Utah lawyers says attorneys' fees for plaintiffs who win court settlements are usually 30 to 40 percent -- regardless of how much work the attorney actually had to do to get the settlement.

The group Common Good says they have a simple proposal: If a civil case is resolved with an early settlement, attorneys' fees would be capped at 10 percent of the first 100-thousand dollars, and five percent of anything above that.

If the case involved more work, the lawyers would be able to charge more.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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