The Law: A Classic Case of Fixing

In 1971, when Lewis and Ruth Goldfarb wanted to buy a new $54,500 house in a development in Fairfax County, Va., they needed to have a title search done by a lawyer. Since the title had been searched less than a year before by the developer, the new check involved no more than a few hours of work, but every lawyer who replied to the Goldfarbs' inquiries (20 in all) said the job would cost more than $500—based on the minimum rate fixed by the local bar's fee schedule. Goldfarb decided to sue. Last week the Supreme Court agreed with him...

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