Texas AG: County Violated Public Information Act By Blocking Request for Private Attorney Billing Records

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August 31, 2018

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Delta County violated the state’s Public Information Act by refusing to comply with a request for billings records from the private attorneys the county hired for their opioid-related lawsuit, Legal Newsline reports in Forbes.

Legal Newsline requested the documents on July 11, but county officials said there were “no responsive documents” to release. However, the AG’s office said on Tuesday that a letter detailing the costs the county is paying for private legal representation is “enroute.” Delta County is represented by Simon Greenstone PC, which represents more than 30 counties, and Martin Walker Law Firm.

The dispute comes just a week after Legal Newsline reported that at least a dozen counties have failed to get their contracts with private lawyers approved by the comptroller’s office, as required by Texas law.