Er... that was illegal the last time I looked. The following is taken
from the online OED's definition of "champarty."
2. Law. The illegal proceeding, whereby a party not naturally concerned in
a suit engages to help the plaintiff or defendant to prosecute it, on
condition that, if it be brought to a successful issue, he is to receive a
share of the property in dispute.
Here is the URL -- looks like it is ephemeral and it may need a login
with the OED, so YMMV.
Keith Dawson firstname.lastname@example.org
Layer of ash separates morning and evening milk.