June 30, 2016
In conclusion to this 4-part series, we look at how recent decisions protecting claimant-funder communications and work product indicate the judiciary’s growing acceptance of litigation funding.
June 29, 2016
In recent weeks, large law firms have announced significant increases in associate salaries. Not surprisingly, many clients are voicing concerns over any potential rises in billable rates as firms try to pass those costs onto clients. Long before the announcements, firms were already dealing with increasing pressure from clients shifting work in-house and asking for reduced rates, discounts, and alternative fee arrangements. As Allison Chock and Matt Harrison (the heads of our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices respectively) explain in our Q&A below, litigation funding provides a great way to address these issues and also create new value for clients.
June 28, 2016
In Part 3 of this 4-part series, we will look at the Florida Bankruptcy Court’s analysis and application of the Work Product Doctrine to a document production request in In re International Trading Company, LLC (“IOTC”).]
June 22, 2016
In the first of this two-part series, read about how litigation finance helps small firms and solo practitioners.
June 21, 2016
Working with well-established litigation funders can have unexpected benefits for law firms. Among those benefits are opportunities to receive referrals for new business.
June 16, 2016
In Part 2 of this 4-part series, we will discuss the Court’s analysis and application of the agency exception to the attorney-client privilege.
June 14, 2016
As the litigation finance industry continues its growth and expansion within the marketplace, so does the body of case law discussing whether communications made between a claimant and a funder are privileged. While there is a slight variance in how different jurisdictions apply the privilege doctrines and exceptions thereto, the overwhelming majority of case law has developed in favor of finding that certain communications made to a litigation funder are indeed protected from discovery. In Part 1 of this 4-part series, we will discuss the Court’s analysis and application of the common interest exception to the attorney-client privilege.
June 08, 2016
Peter Thiel's funding of Hulk Hogan's suit against Gawker differs from traditional commercial litigation funding in a number of ways. Bentham explains.
May 16, 2016
The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted how Bentham's litigation portfolio funding benefits startup litigation boutiques, Big Law, and Small Law firms.
May 11, 2016
As demand for Alternative Fee Arrangements grow in popularity, learn how litigation finance works as a tool to help spread the costs and risks associated with your legal expenses.
April 06, 2016
Read below about how an insolvent company, Crystallex, used litigation funding to pursue a claim and realize significant value for its creditors.
April 04, 2016
Jim Batson, Senior Investment Manager in Bentham's New York office, gave a guest lecture at Florida State University, College of Law on Monday, April 4, 2016 about his involvement and experience in the seminal e-discovery case of Zubulake v. UBS Warburg.
March 23, 2016
Matt Harrison, Investment Manager and Legal Counsel in Bentham's San Francisco office, will participate in a panel discussion about litigation funding at the Northern District of California Judicial Conference on April 9, 2016.
March 16, 2016
Roman Silberfeld, a member of our Advisory Panel, was recently recognized as a Trial Pro by Law 360. Congratulations Roman!
March 10, 2016
Delaware Superior Court President Judge Jan R. Jurden decided yesterday in Charge Injection Technologies, Inc. v. EI du Pont de Nemours that a litigation funder's involvement in a case did NOT amount to improper meddling.
February 05, 2016
A recent decision on a summary judgment motion out of the Western District of Pennsylvania rejected usury and champerty defenses to an alternative litigation finance agreement. This latest decision indicates the judiciary is becoming more receptive to the use of alternative litigation funding.
January 21, 2016
Los Angeles Investment Manager Allison Chock will participate in a panel discussion about litigation funding at the ABA Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Joint CLE conference in Park City, Utah on Friday, January 22, 2016. Register today!
January 14, 2016
Allison Chock will participate in a panel discussion on litigation finance on January 19, 2016 at The Four Seasons in San Francisco along with a distinguished panel consisting of members of the judiciary and representatives from Burford Capital and Lake Whillans. Register today!
December 24, 2015
Taking stock in the last days of 2015, we note that 2015 has been outstanding. Bentham continued its expansion of offices in the US. We grew our product base. We invested in a record number of cases. And, we saw a substantial uptick in investment inquiries. We expect this exciting trajectory to continue in 2016. Happy New Year to all!
December 10, 2015
During the recent seminar, sponsored by Bentham IMF in conjunction with the Harvard Law School Association and hosted by Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles Investment Manager David Gallagher responds to the question posed by moderator David Houston – is commercial litigation finance legal?