In the News Today - January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

Mississippi House Votes to Limit AG’s Powers: The Mississippi House passed a bill this week that would require the attorney general to receive permission from a three-member board consisting of the state governor, the lieutenant governor, and the secretary of state, before hiring outside counsel to pursue litigation. Current Mississippi AG, Jim Hood, has been criticized in the past for “financially aid[ing] political allies by hiring them to file suits.” (Mississippi Business Journal)

Law360 Comments on TPLF Ruling in California; ILR’s Harold Kim Quoted: In a detailed piece, Law360 comments on the “first-of-its-kind” California TPLF ruling which calls for disclosure of any person or entity with a “financial interest of any kind” in the case at hand. ILR’s Executive Vice President Harold Kim is quoted noting that “investors who get a contingent fee based on the outcomes of lawsuits should not be allowed to operate in the shadows nor control litigation.” (Law360)

Tort Reform “Will Improve Access to Health Care” In Kentucky: Dr. Robert Couch, a board certified emergency physician in Louisville writes on Kentucky’s medical system, which we claims is “imposed on us by a legal system that refuses to move out of the judicial dark ages.” Dr. Couch states that “much needed legislation” such as medical review panels, would “make Kentucky a place that physicians want to practice medicine.” (Kentucky Forward