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This guide summarizes issues related to third-party financing of civil litigation. It discusses how judges might manage cases involving litigation financing, including ethical issues, legal issues raised by financing agreements, and discovery issues related to such agreements. 

For more information on third-party litigation financing, visit the Third Party Litigation Financing Special Topics Page.

During the period January through April of 2007, a case-budgeting attorney (CBA) was hired in each of the Second, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits as part of the Case-Budgeting Attorney Pilot Project authorized by the Judicial Conference of the United States. The primary responsibilities of the CBAs were providing objective case-budgeting advice to attorneys and judges and enhancing case management in the pilot circuits. The Judicial Conference’s Committee on Defender Services asked the Federal Judicial Center to conduct an evaluation of the pilot program. This appendix supplements the final report that was submitted on December 20, 2010.

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