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Attorney over-billing and collusion between insurance defense and plaintiff firms

“Insurance defense firms typically have a vested interest in seeing that litigation is as costly as possible. Implicit collusion between defense firms and plaintiff firms is rampant, yet is nearly impossible to discover or prove. Litigation audit firms, and flat-fee billing helps to contain these costs.” This quote came form an online piece about insurance.

Hard-hitting, to broad-brush accuse insurance companies’ law firms of colluding with plaintiffs’ firms to keep spending high. I doubt the charge, let alone that it is “rampant.” Insurance companies have perhaps the best cost metrics of any industry and they have been holding down litigation costs for years. This finger pointing needs quotes, anecdotes aplenty, and data to persuade me.