U.S. Chamber Applauds West Virginia’s Outside Counsel Sunshine Policy

Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:49pm EDT

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WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)--
Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made
the following statement today about West Virginia Attorney General Patrick
Morrisey`s new proposed procedures and guidelines for hiring outside counsel. 

"By adopting this policy, West Virginia will take a significant step to curb the
troublesome practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to plaintiffs`
lawyers who are also major campaign contributors to the state attorney general,
a reform needed for decades. 

"Such `pay-to-play` schemes enrich lawyers at the expense of taxpayers and raise
significant concerns about conflicts of interest, favoritism, the use of a
public entity for personal gain, and fairness in prosecutions. 

"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. We commend Attorney General
Morrisey for his leadership, and encourage the state legislature to cement these
safeguards into place by making them law." 

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U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
Justin Hakes, 202-463-3156 

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