Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform announced a proposed code of conduct for state attorneys general, including principles for using outside attorneys and public announcements. U.S. attorneys, local district attorneys, and lawyers at various regulatory agencies have more specific policies for conducting investigations and litigation, according to institute president Lisa Rickard. Rickard spoke about the voluntary code of conduct at the Chamber’s 8th Annual Legal Reform Summit on Oct. 24. Rickard said “improper and prejudicial practices” by AGs include: hiring plaintiffs’ attorneys who donated to their campaigns, frequently on a no-bid contingency fee basis; using settlement funds as a “political slush fund”; “trying cases by press conference instead of in the courtroom”; and threatening businesses with criminal prosecution to gain civil settlements. “Some state AGs are increasingly using civil litigation to reap power, publicity and political advantage,” Rickard said. “So it is critical that they hold themselves to the highest ethical standards akin to those applicable to federal and state regulators and other government prosecutors.”

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.