The Campaign For DA

9.01.2016

City of Decatur Lawyer Fee Collusion History


A faithful reader sent me this.

It looks like the local Decatur lawyers got together in 1951 (or earlier) and agreed on a minimum fee for routine matters in civil practice. And then they put the collusion down on paper.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is why when having to hire an attorney, hire one that doesn't practice in the town your trial will be in. The attorneys and judges all know each other and the system is rigged from the start.

Anonymous said...

9:30 - I'd think an outsider would be at a disadvantage.

DF Naive Law Abiding Citizen

Anonymous said...

10:31 As an outsider, I agree.

Anonymous said...

And if you hire an insider, you're at a disadvantage.

Anonymous said...

Barry is 9:30

Anonymous said...

Back in the 50s and early 60s the State of Texas published its own minimum fee schedule that all of the lawyers of the State were supposed to follow. There was no penalty if you did not did not follow it but you were considered to be "a fee cutter" if you didn't and not respected by the peerage. Not surprise, the Bar was sued in the early 70s for restraint of trade & price fixing and the minimum fee schedule went away. I suspect that the Decatur Bar Association Schedule mirrors the old SBOT schedule or was a bit less. It is not too far from the 6% real estate commission that most realtors follow or the 10 to 15% for bail bonds we still see today.

Anonymous said...

Good case for RICO

Baylor Too said...

Make America great again. Donald Trump will reinstitute price fixing for lawyers.

Anonymous said...

Teddy Roosevelt woulda put a stop to that trust.