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  • adj. Having the quality of champerty, being an instance of champerty.


1640s – see champerty. Surface etymology is champerty +‎ -ous (“quality of”). (Wiktionary)


  • However, in cases where the financier took some minimal care in ensuring that the agreement wasn't solely based on litigation alone, the courts have found the agreements non-champertous.

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  • If the instigation of litigation is not the sole purpose of the agreement i.e., litigation coupled with "licensing development" pursuant to an assignment, it should not be champertous.

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  • New York is one of the very few jurisdictions that has found specific IP agreements champertous in the recent past:

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  • It is unnecessary to inquire here whether such a contract is void as champertous, and contrary to public policy.

    An Essay on Professional Ethics Second Edition

  • 26 S.D.N.Y. 1971 - the assignment of certain IP that was expressly conditioned on the assignee bringing suit was champertous, and therefore void.

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  • 56 S.D.N.Y. 1990 - found assignment champertous where a five-percent interest in the patent was contracted in exchange for Refac's obligation to sue at least two alleged infringers within one month.

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  • Such contracts are not champertous and are upheld by the courts, but will be set aside if an unconscionable bargain be made with the client (_Deering_ v. _Scheyer_

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"


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