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The unsuccessful petition to remove Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael is a fascinating case, which puts the spotlight on the apparently not uncommon practice of leaking information to gain political advantage. It also highlights the growing trend of financing litigation through crowdfunding. In the US, crowdfunding is big business with individuals investing in cases in the hope of a return. Firms such as Invest4Justice invite people to invest in cases and their website refers to returns of up to 500 per cent in just a few months, on the basis that 95 per cent of legal disputes settle.

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