In 1952, an article appeared in Reader's Digest magazine castigating both the contingent fee system of financing litigation and the trial lawyers of the United States. Since that article appeared, the client public has been barraged with a stream of propaganda aimed at barring the use of the contingent fee as a means of retaining a lawyer.
Arthur L. Kraut,
Contingent Fee: Champerty or Champion,
21 Clev. St. L. Rev.
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