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The Economics of Litigation

The Economics of Litigation

After the American Civil War and the passage of the Civil War Amendments (i.e. the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments), instances of discrimination and denials of individual civil rights continued to be institutional practices in the former Confederacy. Victims of these abuses faced a difficult problem: they didn’t generally have access to the assistance of an attorney for assistance. Why not? Attorneys couldn’t afford to take the cases and still feed themselves; the plaintiffs were more often than not penniless and the only legal remedy available was injunctive relief, which meant less than a hill of beans of an economic recovery following even egregious violations of civil rights.