Comments sought on contingency fee rules

first_imgComments sought on contingency fee rules Comments sought on contingency fee rules Input from Bar members is being sought by the Board of Governors Disciplinary Procedure Committee over a proposed rule amendment on criteria to be used by a trial judge when reviewing a request to approve a contingency fee in excess of what is allowed in current rules.The amendment had been previously approved by the board, but it was returned to the DPC after the changes were publicized in a notice of intent to file a rule amendment with the Supreme Court.The section involved is rule 4-1.5 (f) (4) (B) (ii). The proposed change would employ existing criteria for the review of reasonableness of legal fees.Specifically, the board received judicial comments that there was a lack of criteria on how judges were to evaluate requests for contingency fees in excess of the fee found in rule 4-1.5 (f) (4) (B) (i).The DPC next meets in Tallahassee on Thursday, April 7. The board and the Disciplinary Procedure Committee are interested in comments or suggestions about the need for amendments to guide trial judges and, if necessary, what those comments should encompass. Interested members may file comments for committee consideration by writing to Disciplinary Procedure Committee, c/o Tony Boggs, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300, or by e-mail at [email protected] In order to allow for dissemination of comments in advance of the next meeting of the committee, comments should be received on or before March 25, 2005. March 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img

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