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Lecture Notes- Legal Procedure Nov 4 2009

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Department
Economics
Course Code
ECO320H1
Professor
Robert Barber

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Lecture - LEGAL PROCEDURE (November 4th 2009)
- Recovery t compulsory discovery of facts
- Gain for plaintiff can be money (compensation)
- Gain of justice = highly important t sometimes may be even more valued than monetary claims
- dZ[Àoµ]vreadjusting/reinforcing previous rules
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Slide 6 t Expected Value of a Legal Claim
- Decision chain
- 5 decision points of filing/not filing, settling/not settle, winning/losing
- Essentially of game theory (extensive form)
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are worth, need to start at the end); find the expected values of each t move backwards
- More reward t take greater probability case
Slide 8 t Effect of Fees (2)
- Port Colborne = Lake Eerie
o A t possible awards
o P t probability of winning
- Canadian cost rule
o 2/3 of legal costs paid by loser
o >}Çîlï}(Á]vv[}
- If expected value is positive t SUE
- If probability is uncertain, find break even probability (use equation)
o F=g=0 Æ American cost rule applied, break even probability = .15
- Which cost rule encourages risky claims? AMERICAN b/c the plaintiff is not at risk of paying their
own lawyer and the opponents lawyer
Slide 9 t Effect of Fees (3)
- When costs are award, not ALL costs are awarded (only a portion) t 2/3
- No-way-certain t no reallocation of costs between parties (f=g=0)
- Certain t ALWAYS pay your lawyer
- No-way contingent % t only pay your lawyer if you win
o v[µZuÆÀoµµ]}vWt pA(1-h) t (1-p)0
o Lawyer gets a percentage of winnings
o Client would want to sue when p and A are positive (expected value has to be greater
than zero)
o Client may have opportunity cost (in reality, should be added to claims)
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