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May 7, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(19):593-594. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411230023009

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Our attention is directed to a suit in a neighboring city brought by a couple of attorneys against the receiver of a defunct National Bank for professional services rendered in making certain collections. The professional labor was not claimed to be especially onorous, or as taking up a special length of time, but for the service a bill was rendered for $25,000. This the receiver declined to pay, hence the suit for that amount. The plaintiff summoned other barristers to testify as to the value of the service rendered. One testified that the bill was moderate, and should not have been less than $30,000. Another that the fee was low and should not have been less than $40,000. Some time ago the President of this same bank was tried for misappropriation of the funds of the bank, and to save himself a penitentiary sentence employed a couple of attorneys who

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