Wednesday, December 19, 2001

The Alaskan Rule?

Alaska has historically been said to follow the "English Rule" of loser-pay law. Currently set forth in its Civil Rule 82 , Alaska uses a subtle but effective fee shifting process that is more of a compromise between the American Rule and the English Rule than it is one or the other. The Alaska Rule has maintained a high approval rating among the professionals in that jurisdiction. A study of the Alaska method showed that there are positive and negative impacts from the rule but generally accepts it. And as many studies do, it suggests more studies.

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