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December 19, 2014

NY Times: ‘Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue’

New York Times journalist Eric Lipton today investigates the “flourishing industry that pairs plaintiffs’ lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies.”

“The lawsuits follow a pattern: Private lawyers, who scour the news media and public records looking for potential cases in which a state or its consumers have been harmed, approach attorneys general,” writes Lipton. “The attorneys general hire the private firms to do the necessary work, with the understanding that the firms will front most of the cost of the investigation and the litigation.”

The article notes the positive impact of ILR’s efforts to spotlight this hiring of outside contingency fee counsel by AGs. “The chamber (ILR) has made the bar so high, attorneys general understand there is a cost politically to hiring outside counsel,” said former Washington, DC Attorney General-turned plaintiffs’ attorney Linda Singer.

Read the full article here.

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