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April 16, 2018

NY Times: Lawyers, Lawsuit Lenders Violated Privacy, Pressured Plaintiffs to Have Surgery

A New York Times investigation into the business model of lawsuit lending found that an “assembly-line-like system” run by lawyers and lenders coerced women to have surgery to make them better plaintiffs in mass tort litigation. 

In the reported scheme, lawyers building cases against medical device companies ask marketers to find clients, who then work with lawsuit lending companies that provide “high-interest loans” to help the potential clients get surgery from doctors who “are often lined up by the marketers.” A doctor from NYU Langone Health in New York said the surgery pushed by these firms could be “dangerous and irresponsible.”

The New York Post had previously reported that one of the funding firms involved, LawCash, has been charging interest rates as high as 124 percent.

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