contingency fee

noun

Definition of contingency fee 

: a fee for services (as of a lawyer) paid upon successful completion of the services and usually calculated as a percentage of the gain realized for the client

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Some lawyers say the 2010 law has had a chilling effect, steering law firms to clients that don’t have limits on contingency fees. Lawrence Mower, miamiherald, "Pam Bondi’s opioid lawsuit? Some of Florida’s top lawyers won’t touch it | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 AkinMears signed up tens of thousands of clients, charging each a 40 percent contingency fee — meaning it was only collected if the clients won verdicts or settlements. L.m. Sixel, San Antonio Express-News, "Private equity funds deploy new investment strategy: financing lawsuits," 29 May 2018 McNair appealing would bring on additional attorneys fees, whether they are paid by McNair or absorbed by the attorneys as part of a contingency fee arrangement. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Ex-USC Coach Todd McNair Losing Trial to NCAA Shows Why Defamation Lawsuits Are Tricky to Win," 21 May 2018 The city budgeted a contingency fee on top of that amount of about $86,000, money that has already been spent. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Beachwood City Council faced with fire station invoice bills," 1 May 2018 Ruling in favor of the law firm Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd and Conway, and current Attorney General Andy Beshear, Wingate found that the contingency fees were paid to the law firm under a valid contract with the state. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Judge tosses out Bevin administration's lawsuit over the state's OxyContin settlement," 26 Feb. 2018 The bill would set strict limits on contingency fees paid to outside lawyers. Bruce Schreiner, The Courier-Journal, "Beshear: Limiting outside attorneys fees would cripple ability to take down drug companies," 16 Feb. 2018 After 13 lean years of betting on future contingency fees, Milberg collected a $4.5 million bonanza in 1978 for settling a fraud case involving housing funding by the bankrupt United States Financial Corporation. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Melvyn Weiss, Lawyer Who Fought Corporate Fraud, Dies at 82," 5 Feb. 2018 The architectural and engineering fee is forecast at $166,033, said Graves, who proposed a contingency fee of $110,000 to cover any unforeseen costs. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Bandera County weighs new use for its vacant historic structures," 19 Dec. 2017

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1905, in the meaning defined above

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contingency fee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contingency fee

: a payment that you make to a lawyer only if the lawyer wins your case in court

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