Pa. Fee Claim Ruling Could Spur Deal-Making Between Firms

Jerome Studer, chair of Legal Fee Solutions, was quoted in Law360's article, "Pa. Fee Claim Ruling Could Spur Deal-Making Between Firms.'" Law firms taking over cases from prior counsel may see extra incentive to negotiate fee-sharing deals following a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that, for the first time in the state, gave the green light to non-contract-based claims from predecessor firms looking to get paid for work on old cases. Joe believes the ruling helped to bring Pennsylvania in line with other jurisdictions on how to handle fee disputes between predecessor and successor firms. “The idea that a firm could not maintain a quantum meruit claim against a successor was new to me,” he said. “Whenever I’ve been involved in litigation like this, it has proceeded on a quantum meruit basis."

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