An economic incentive for lawyers to write well

A Pennsylvania judge slashes a lawyer’s hourly rate for typos and careless writing, reports. As reported by Shannon P. Duffy: “Finding that attorney Brian Puricelli’s courtroom work was ‘smooth’ and ‘artful’ in securing a $430,000 verdict in a civil rights suit, but that his written work was ‘careless’ and laden with typographical errors, a federal magistrate judge has ruled that his court-awarded fees should be paid at two rates — $300 per hour for the courtroom work, but $150 per hour for work on the pleadings. “