Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been named as a defendant in a petition filed by an alliance of nursing home firms over the propriety of a contingency fee contract the attorney general’s office has with Washington, D.C., law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll to investigate the company.
The home operators seek to block the Cohen Milstein investigation because, the company alleges, the contingency fee arrangement between the firm and the Pennsylvania AG effectively guarantees follow-on litigation. They say without a lawsuit the firm cannot be paid any money from the state.
In arguing their case, the home operators cite a recent story in the New York Times detailing how Cohen Milstein is a leading firm in inducing state attorneys general to sue by promising them a cut of any settlement obtained in the cases they bring.
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