"A seedy side of American law is the widespread collusion between the plaintiffs bar and government prosecutors, who trade contingency-fee lawsuits for campaign contributions," writes theeditorial board.
The Journal takes note of a case in Hunt County, Texas, in which a resident (Kirk Grady) has filed a federal lawsuit against the county's outsourcing of "its enforcement power" to a private contingency-fee plaintiffs' attorney over Grady's allegedly illegal storage of a wood pile on his property.
"When government makes the trial bar a business partner, the incentive shifts to bringing suits that offer the biggest potential settlements or verdicts," notes the editorial. "The goal becomes the private payday, not justice in the public interest. This trial lawyer-government business model is widespread, so Mr. Grady’s suit is one to watch."