This New York Times story reports on a bill padding case against DLA Piper filed by a disgruntled former client. Especially eye-opening was this section of the story, describing internal DLA correspondence:
"I hear we are already 200k over our estimate - that's Team DLA Piper!" wrote Erich P. Eisenegger, a lawyer at the firm.
Another DLA Piper lawyer, Christopher Thomson, replied, noting that a third colleague, Vincent J. Roldan, had been enlisted to work on the matter.
"Now Vince has random people working full time on random research projects in standard 'churn that bill, baby!' mode," Mr. Thomson wrote. "That bill shall know no limits."The Times quotes Stephen Gillers, who recently posed a couple of provocative ethics-reated questions concerning billable hours (here and here).