On a 103-39 vote, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that would rein in the growing trend of private trial lawyers pitching lawsuits to local governments, the Southeast Texas Record reports.
The bill would require any contingency fee arrangement between a local government entity and private lawyers to be approved by the state attorney general. The attorney general would have the ability to reject a contract for litigation that the state is already handling or if he or she feels the local government’s lawsuit would not help bring the matter to a fair and efficient end. Lawsuits filed by private attorneys on behalf local governments have grown in recent years, a recently-released report from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform found.
A sister bill has been filed in the state Senate.