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There is something particularly satisfying—for clients and attorneys alike—about making the opposing party pay the attorney’s bill after winning a case. Of course, the American rule—which is also Minnesota’s common law rule—is that parties to litigation generally pay their own attorneys’ fees. See Ly v. Nystrom, 615 N.W.2d 302, 314 (Minn. 2000). But statutory and contractual fee-shifting provisions often entitle the prevailing party to recover its reasonable attorneys’ fees from the opposing party.

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