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It often is said that in the United States each party pays their own attorney's fees, win or lose, absent a contractual provision to the contrary or some recognized ground in equity. This basic proposition, which is true as far as it goes, is based on the so-called American Rule, which provides that in the United States each side in a litigated case is responsible for paying their own attorney, regardless of the outcome of the case. On its face this proposition seems simple. On the contrary,doi:10.18690/lexonomica.10.1.45-66.2018 fatcat:g37naixfovfkfchd43rp64z4gm