Attorneys general in seven states -- some of whom have retained plaintiffs law firms to bring high-profile lawsuits involving lead paint and the painkiller OxyContin -- are instituting new policies or facing legislative pressure to make the hiring of outside legal counsel more transparent. Brian Laliberte of the Ohio Attorney General's Office advocates public bidding, because "it levels the playing field and opens the process to lawyers and law firms who otherwise would never get a shot at outside work."
AGs Review Hiring of Outside Counsel
The National Law Journal
May 15, 2007