“We commend the West Virginia legislature for acting to reform the practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs’ lawyers,” “said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the West Virginia House and Senate for passing attorney general sunshine legislation.
The bill (House Bill 4007) promotes transparency and limits contingency fees when the AG’s office hires outside private plaintiffs’ lawyers. The legislation awaits Governor Early Ray Tomblin’s signature.
Rickard pointed out that West Virginia would join thirteen states – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, and Wisconsin – that have recently passed similar legislation.
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