Costs, Legal

In most of the world, legal costs means all the costs associated with taking a course of action, so that in most countries an award of legal costs at the end of litigation means all expenses plus legal fees. In the United States legal costs (or “taxable costs”) means a limited list of expenses associated with a case, such as filing fees, discovery expenses and other items. U.S. legal costs vary, but are typically between 5 percent and 15 percent of the cost of a case, i.e., a non-trivial sum, but not full recompense either. See Attorneys’ Fees, Indemnity Principle, English Rule.

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