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February 9, 2017

Attorney General and Trial Lawyer Collaboration Creates “Revolting Blend”

A new study from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Pirates at the Parchment Gates, exposes an “abhorrent blend” of state attorneys general outsourcing their enforcement work to bounty-hunting trial lawyers, writes Adam Schulman in a CEI blog.

The study highlights that the aim of this litigation is often not to go to trial, but rather “to overwhelm defendants with costs sufficient to compel them to agree to settlement.” CEI writes that the state and private attorneys divide the spoils of a settlement according to the terms of their agreement and often the plaintiffs’ firm donates to the attorney general’s reelection campaign.

“At almost every point in the cycle, the collaborators flout the law,” writes Schulman. “Pirates is chilling, because not only are private attorneys misusing the law; they’ve now captured public servants and enlisted them in the enterprise.”

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