- Require losing plaintiffs and their lawyers to pay the defense's attorneys' fees and costs, and
- Prevent losing defendants from having to pay the plaintiff's attorneys' fees and costs.
But here's another kicker: If the plaintiff was paying his lawyer by the hour, then the new rule wouldn't apply. Why, you ask? Because ever since Joe Jamail made a killing off of the Penzoil v. Texaco suit, corporate plaintiffs have been paying their lawyers by the hour.
Well, what about the rest of us? You know, regular middle and working class folks in Mississippi? We use contingency fee arrangements with our attorneys when we're hurt by someone. That's because when you're hurt and missing work, you can't afford to pay a lawyer's bills on top of the light bills. So if you or I lose a lawsuit, we have to pay the defendant's bills. But rich folks and corporations don't.