Jarndyce v. Jarndyce was a Dicken’s fabulation found in Bleak House. The story goes that a battle in Chancery Court over an inheritance went on so long that the legal fees depleted the entire estate.
Here, in this story, is the modern analog. A suit for legal fees blossoms into a 7 year war, going from $ 30,000 to $ 300,000. Read it.