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March 25, 2013

WV Announces New Policy on Outside Counsel

In response to “past questions surrounding appointment of outside counsel,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey announced a new policy requiring stricter limits on the selection and use of private lawyers by the state, including a new bidding process and a cap on contingency fee payments.  Additionally, outside counsel will only be hired when it is “both cost-effective and in the interest of the public,” reports the Charleston Gazette.  “With this policy, West Virginia will join a vanguard of states who have led the effort to open the relationships between state attorneys general and private lawyers hired to work with them to public scrutiny,” said ILR President Lisa Rickard in a statement  applauding the new policy.

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