Tuesday, December 18, 2001

American Rule and English Rule

How does our justice system determine who is responsible for attorney fees? Most United States jurisdictions follow the "American Rule" which makes each party responsible for his own legal costs. In contrast, the "English Rule" provides for the loser to pay the winner's legal fees. There is a "shifting" of the law in some U.S. jurisdictions, which is eroding the distinction between the two rules.

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