19 December 2014

NYT Reports on State AGs Delegating Police Powers to Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

The front page of this morning’s New York Times contains an article titled “Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue.” The article reports on the growth of a “flourishing industry that pairs plaintiffs’ lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies,” and the serious concerns this raises when states effectively delegate their police powers to investigate and sue to private firms with a financial interest in the outcome of investigations they are seeking State-granted authority to conduct. We have observed this trend extending into municipal False Claims Act cases.

The article is worth a read by anyone concerned about this troubling trend.

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