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"Third Party Contingency" contracts in settlement and litigation

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  • Kirstein, Roland
  • Rickman, Neil

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We present, for the first time, a model of recent institutional developments in litigation funding across several European jurisdictions. Recognizing the financing constraints that British cost rules may impose on litigants, these new contractual arrangements combine contingency fees with third party cover for cost in the event of losing the case: we call these ?Third Party Contingency? (TPC) contracts. Signing a TPC contract can make filing a suit credible and may increase settlement amounts. This does not, however, increase the likelihood of going to trial, since TPC contracts are only of mutual benefit to the plaintiff and the third party when the case settles out of court. We also find that the mere availability of TPCs may generate the above strategic effect. -- Das Paper enthält die erste Analyse einer neuen Institution zur Prozeßkostenfinanzierungs im Bereich der "britischen" Regel: Verträge, bei denen eine dritte Partei dem Kläger zusagt, im Falle der Klageabweisung die gesamten Prozeßkosten zu tragen. Im Gegenzug erhält diese dritte Partei einen Teil der durch Vergleich oder Urteil vom Beklagten erlangten Summe. Solche "TPC Verträge" (third party contingency contracts) überwinden die finanziellen Hürden bei der gerichtlichen Verfolgung von Ansprüchen. Sie machen die Drohung mit einer Klage auch dann glaubwürdig, wenn (ohne TPC Vertrag) der erwartete Wert des Prozesses für den Kläger negativ wäre. Dadurch erhöhen sie die Vergleichsbereitschaft des Beklagten und die Vergleichszahlungen. Wir zeigen, daß schon die reine Verfügbarkeit von TPC Verträgen diesen strategischen Effekt erzeugen könnte.

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Paper provided by Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics in its series CSLE Discussion Paper Series with number 2002-11.

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Keywords: Contingent fees; British cost allocation rule; Legal Cost Insurance; strategic moves;

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  1. Roland Kirstein & Matthias Peiss, 2013. "Quantitative Machtkonzepte in der Ökonomik," FEMM Working Papers 130004, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.
  2. Kirstein, Roland & Gerhard, Hans, 2005. "The "Rainmaker's Dilemma": Bad Debt Loss Insurance in Settlement and Litigation," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2005-02, Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.
  3. Schmidtchen, Dieter, 2002. "Wozu Strafrecht? Another View of the Cathedral," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2002-14, Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.
  4. Winand Emons, 2006. "Playing It Safe with Low Conditional Fees versus Being Insured by High Contingent Fees," American Law and Economics Review, Oxford University Press, vol. 8(1), pages 20-32.
  5. Roland Kirstein, 2009. "Optimal Delegation in Nash Bargaining," FEMM Working Papers 09001, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.
  6. Roland Kirstein, 2008. "Effizienzaspekte alternativer Streitbeilegung," FEMM Working Papers 08021, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.
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  9. Winand Emons & Nuno Garoupa, 2006. "US-style contingent fees and UK-style conditional fees: agency problems and the supply of legal services," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(5), pages 379-385.
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  13. Qiao, Yue, 2013. "Legal effort and optimal legal expenses insurance," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 179-189.
  14. Kirstein, Roland, 2004. "Anti-Teilen in Teams," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2004-04, Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.

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