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August 8, 2016

U.S. Chamber Files Brief in Case of Texas Resident Fighting $2 Billion Wood Pile Lawsuit

The Dallas Morning News highlights the U.S. Chamber’s amicus brief in a case in which a Texas man “is fighting a potential $2 billion in fines from Hunt County for storing wood on property he owned.” 

Government prosecutors in Hunt County, Texas allege that the man, Kirk Grady, violated 13 Texas water and health codes by keeping the wood pile on his land. The county has hired a private plaintiffs’ firm, Baker Wotring, to bring the case on a contingency-fee basis — and the firm will get up to 35% of any damages received in the case.

“Allowing the government to pay private lawyers … erodes public trust in the prosecutorial function and creates an appearance of impropriety,” wrote Christopher Odell, a Houston attorney representing the U.S. Chamber.

You can also read ILR’s recent blog post on the case here

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