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Harris County, the massive Texas county that includes Houston, picked a successful page in its legal playbook by hiring Houston plaintiffs firms to represent it in litigation filed this month against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Harris County’s strategy of using plaintiff’s firms for high-stakes tort litigation has worked before. In 1998, Houston lawyer Richard Mithoff secured a $2.2 billion settlement for Texas counties, including Harris County, against tobacco companies. Last year, Harris County hired Mithoff’s firm and lawyers from two other Houston firms, Baker・Wotring, and Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, for vehicle emissions litigation against Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America under the Texas Clean Air Act.

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Brenda Sapino Jeffreys

Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys covers the business of law in Texas. Contact her at bjeffreys@alm.com On Twitter: @BrendaSJeffreys

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