Nebraska Revised Statute 25-3303

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25-3303. Contracts for nonrecourse civil litigation funding; right to cancel; notice; statements required.

(1) All contracts for nonrecourse civil litigation funding shall comply with the following requirements:

(a) The contract shall be completely filled in and contain on the front page, appropriately headed and in at least twelve-point bold type, the following disclosures:

(i) The total dollar amount to be funded to the consumer;

(ii) An itemization of one-time fees;

(iii) The total dollar amount to be repaid by the consumer, in six-month intervals for thirty-six months, and including all fees;

(iv) The total dollar amount in broker fees that are involved in the transaction; and

(v) The annual percentage rate of return, calculated as of the last day of each six-month interval, including frequency of compounding;

(b) The contract shall provide that the consumer may cancel the contract within five business days following the consumer's receipt of funds without penalty or further obligation. The contract shall contain the following notice written in a clear and conspicuous manner: "CONSUMER'S RIGHT TO CANCELLATION: YOU MAY CANCEL THIS CONTRACT WITHOUT PENALTY OR FURTHER OBLIGATION WITHIN FIVE BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE DATE YOU RECEIVE FUNDING FROM (insert name of civil litigation funding company)." The contract also shall specify that in order for the cancellation to be effective, the consumer shall either return the full amount of disbursed funds to the civil litigation funding company by delivering the civil litigation funding company's uncashed check to the civil litigation funding company's offices in person, within five business days after the disbursement of funds, or mail a notice of cancellation and include in that mailing a return of the full amount of disbursed funds in the form of the civil litigation funding company's uncashed check or a registered or certified check or money order, by insured, registered, or certified United States mail, postmarked within five business days after receiving funds from the civil litigation funding company, to the address specified in the contract for the cancellation;

(c) The contract shall contain the following statement in at least twelve-point boldface type: "THE CIVIL LITIGATION FUNDING COMPANY AGREES THAT IT SHALL HAVE NO RIGHT TO AND WILL NOT MAKE ANY DECISIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE CONDUCT OF THE UNDERLYING LEGAL CLAIM OR ANY SETTLEMENT OR RESOLUTION THEREOF AND THAT THE RIGHT TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS REMAINS SOLELY WITH YOU AND YOUR ATTORNEY IN THE LEGAL CLAIM.";

(d) The contract shall contain an acknowledgment by the consumer that such consumer has reviewed the contract in its entirety;

(e) The contract shall contain the following statement in at least twelve-point boldface type located immediately above the place on the contract where the consumer's signature is required: "DO NOT SIGN THIS CONTRACT BEFORE YOU READ IT COMPLETELY OR IF IT CONTAINS ANY BLANK SPACES. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A COMPLETELY FILLED IN COPY OF THIS CONTRACT. BEFORE YOU SIGN THIS CONTRACT YOU SHOULD OBTAIN THE ADVICE OF AN ATTORNEY. DEPENDING ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU MAY WANT TO CONSULT A TAX, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE BENEFIT PLANNING, OR FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR ATTORNEY IN THE LEGAL CLAIM HAS PROVIDED NO TAX, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE BENEFIT PLANNING, OR FINANCIAL ADVICE REGARDING THIS TRANSACTION.";

(f) The contract shall contain a written acknowledgment by the attorney representing the consumer in the legal claim that states all of the following:

(i) The attorney representing the consumer in the legal claim has reviewed the contract and all costs and fees have been disclosed including the annualized rate of return applied to calculate the amount to be paid by the consumer;

(ii) The attorney representing the consumer in the legal claim is being paid on a contingency basis per a written fee agreement;

(iii) All proceeds of the civil litigation will be disbursed via the trust account of the attorney representing the consumer in the legal claim or a settlement fund established to receive the proceeds of the civil litigation from the defendant on behalf of the consumer;

(iv) The attorney representing the consumer in the legal claim is following the written instructions of the consumer with regard to the nonrecourse civil litigation funding;

(v) The attorney representing the consumer in the legal claim shall not be paid or offered to be paid commissions or referral fees; and

(vi) Whether the attorney representing the consumer in the legal claim does or does not have a financial interest in the civil litigation funding company; and

(g) All contracts to the consumer shall have in plain language, in a box with bold fifteen-point font stating the following in capitalized letters: "IF THERE IS NO RECOVERY OF ANY MONEY FROM YOUR LEGAL CLAIM OR IF THERE IS NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE CIVIL LITIGATION FUNDING COMPANY BACK IN FULL, YOU WILL NOT OWE THE CIVIL LITIGATION FUNDING COMPANY ANYTHING IN EXCESS OF YOUR RECOVERY UNLESS YOU HAVE VIOLATED THIS PURCHASE AGREEMENT.".

(2) If a dispute arises between the consumer and the civil litigation funding company concerning the contract for nonrecourse civil litigation funding, the responsibilities of the attorney representing the consumer in the legal claim shall be no greater than the attorney's responsibilities under the Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct.