For Litigators, a Different Kind of Recession

The hoped-for litigation surge hasn't materialized, and the fear is that this economy has changed the old rules

, The National Law Journal

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A year ago, as the economy began its freefall, corporate law departments were preparing for an all-out assault by plaintiffs. But the early numbers for this recession are showing something quite different. Susan Hackett, GC for the Association of Corporate Counsel, said companies are "looking to apply the least expensive Band-Aid" to their legal problems. "They can't afford litigation. There's a real sense of, 'Make this go away quickly and quietly,'" Hackett said.

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