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November 25, 2015

Outgoing Louisiana AG Violating State Law with Outside Counsel Contracts?

Loyola Law School professor Dan Ciolino says outgoing Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s practice of forcing “defendant” companies to pay legal fees to private lawyers working for the state” is “a blatant violation of state ethics laws.”

Despite a law passed in 2014 that requires the attorney general to make all future contracts with outside counsel payable on an hourly basis — Caldwell has continued his practice.

“Caldwell’s office has used professional service contracts that were signed in May 2014 and earlier to retain outside counsel on at least seven new Unfair Trade Practices lawsuits filed since the new law went into full effect last December,” reports WWL Channel 4 New Orleans.

Ciolino “said any future payments made under those contracts may be a violation of the hourly-pay law.”

Read the full story here.

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