Recovering Attorney Fees As Damages in French Law - Some Reflections in the Light of Comparative Law and of Law and Economics (Les Frais D’Avocat Comme Dommage Réparable - Quelques Réflexions Sur Le Concours D’Actions Entre Les Mêmes Parties Et Sur La Relativité Aquilienne À La Lumière Du Droit Comparé Et De L’Économie Du Droit)

Revue Lamy Droit Civil, Vol. 31, pp. 66-73, October 2006

8 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2011 Last revised: 18 Jan 2011

Date Written: October 1, 2006

Abstract

In French law, the plaintiff may not, in principle, recover his attorney fees. This article argues that prevailing plaintiffs should in most circumstances recover reasonable attorney fees as compensatory damages. This would be consistent with the principle of full compensation, a major principle of the French law of torts (delictual responsibility). The question is also examined in the light of German law and of law and economics.

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Keywords: Attorneys' fees, French law, American Rule, English Rule, Damages, Full compensation, German law, Law and economics

Suggested Citation

Licari, François-Xavier, Recovering Attorney Fees As Damages in French Law - Some Reflections in the Light of Comparative Law and of Law and Economics (Les Frais D’Avocat Comme Dommage Réparable - Quelques Réflexions Sur Le Concours D’Actions Entre Les Mêmes Parties Et Sur La Relativité Aquilienne À La Lumière Du Droit Comparé Et De L’Économie Du Droit) (October 1, 2006). Revue Lamy Droit Civil, Vol. 31, pp. 66-73, October 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1734678

François-Xavier Licari (Contact Author)

Université de Lorraine ( email )

Ile du Saulcy
Metz, F-57000
France

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