Litigation finance pits greed against greed

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Early in the 19th century, political philosophers like Jeremy Bentham began to rail against champerty, whereby “unscrupulous nobles and royal officials would lend their names to bolster the credibility of doubtful and fraudulent claims in return for a share of the property recovered.”

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