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The Bairs Foundation Launches the "What is Just Campaign"

Monday, April 09, 2018

The Bairs Foundation Launches the "What is Just Campaign"

"In our 2018 Bairs Foundation co-founders’ letter, we ask, “What constitutes a “just” society and civil justice system?” Trial lawyers dedicate their careers to ensuring Americans have access to justice and the opportunity to stand up to those who hurt or wrong them — regardless of whether the negligent party is an individual person or a major corporation. But what happens when the plaintiff exhausts all of his or her funds during litigation and needs financial help to make ends meet? Settlement might still be months or even years away. It makes sense to assume the funding companies who help them would act justly, knowing these plaintiffs are enduring what is likely the most difficult time in their lives.

Unfortunately, that’s not often the case. We have found that the interest or contractual finances many for-profit funding companies charge plaintiffs range from 28% to 200%. For many plaintiffs, the amount they’ll owe their lenders will exceed the amount they get from their case. That’s not just..."

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