Contracts Between Texas Counties And Private Lawyers May Be Invalid

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August 24, 2018

The contracts between Texas counties and private plaintiffs’ lawyers that allow the lawyers to sue pharmaceutical companies on behalf of the county may actually be invalid, Legal Newsline reports in Forbes.

More than a dozen counties signed contracts with lawyers to sue the companies as part of major consolidated opioid-related litigation in Ohio. However, state law requires such contracts be approved by the Texas Comptroller. A spokesman for the Comptroller’s office told Legal Newsline that these contracts have yet to be approved.

This law has invalidated contingency fee contracts between plaintiffs’ lawyers and counties in the past. In 2012, a Texas state court judge invalidated a contract between Harris County and its private lawyers because it hadn’t been approved.