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March 6, 2020

Kansas’ AG looks to curb trial lawyer involvement in opioid and vaping suits

Kansas’ AG Derek Schmid is pushing for a state law that could require cities, counties, and local school districts to get a waiver from the AG’s office before hiring outside attorneys to sue companies, including manufactures of opioid and vaping products, according to a report that ran in The New York Times and 132 other outlets

The proposed measure would ensure that contracts between local governments and law firms would not impede the legal interests of the state. It would also help prevent payments to private attorneys from reducing the funds available to cover damages.

 “It’s a shakedown where they amass leverage through more volume,” said Harold Kim, the Institute for Legal Reform’s president. “Their [the plaintiffs’ attorneys] strategy is to overwhelm defendants.”

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