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Gavel on moneyA law firm pursuing a contingency fee dispute against a successor law firm in a personal injury action that settled for $50,000 was rightfully awarded only $1,500 in fees, despite its argument to a lower court that it was “entitled to 40% of the net contingency fee recoverable,” a state appeals court has ruled.

“The issue of apportionment of an attorney’s fee is controlled by the circumstances and equities of each particular case, and the trial court is in the best position to assess such factors,” wrote an Appellate Division, Second Department panel, while citing Rodriguez v Ryder Truck Rental, in an opinion that underscored the trial court’s latitude and discretion in arriving at an appropriate fee apportionment where there is a fee dispute between law firms retained on contingency.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at jgrant@alm.com. On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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