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3 > FEATURE STORY Three Strategies to Fend off a Funding Attack BY MIKE RAFI M ore and more fre- and (2) discourage funding companies from Conduct, a lawyer may not provide financial quently, defen- contracting with plaintiffs who have cases assistance to a client in connection with dants seem to against them. In fact, while on the defense pending or contemplated litigation, includ- take a particular side, I defended a road wreck case involv- ing funding medical expenses. This is where interest in plain- ing a commercial vehicle where my cli- medical funding companies come in. tif fs' relation- ent focused as much, if not more time and Medical funding companies pay for medi- ships with medical funding companies (and effort, on the medical funding company than cal treatment that a plaintiff needs because companies that provide litigation loans or the plaintiffs. of an injury that forms the basis of a lawsuit. cash advances). Defendants are focusing The simple fact is that some clients will Funding companies enable a client to receive on these relationships because they hope need money for medical treatment. Under Rule treatment during the lawsuit, with the com- to (1) reduce the value of plaintiffs' cases 1.8(e) of the Georgia Rules of Professional pany getting repaid when the case is over. 26 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2015

President’s Message
GTLA President’s Gala
Trying a Sex Abuse Case Against a Local Church in a Conservative Venue
New Strategies and Interventions to Curtail Discovery Abuses
High-Speed Police Chases and Injured Innocent Bystanders
When One Award is Not Enough
Three Strategies to Fend off a Funding Attack
Recent Updates to Georgia Suggested Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil), July 2013 – Present
The Hidden Predator Act: How House Bill 17 Will Impact Victims’ Rights in Georgia
New Lawyers’ Corner: Trying a Low-Damage Jury Case
Professional Practice Pointers: Updates on E-filing, the Court of Appeals, and a New Traffic Division in DeKalb State
Case Updates: What’s New?
Workers’ Comp Updates
Notes: What’s New with GTLA Members
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Index to Advertisers

Verdict - Summer 2015