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Jun 21, 2010 8:40 PM by Chris Welty

'Contingency Fee' Bill Fails as Session Ends

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that would have allowed
Louisiana's attorney general to hire outside lawyers on a
"contingency fee" basis to handle state government lawsuits
arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster died in the final
minutes of the 2010 legislative session.
The bill would have allowed law firms hired by the state to sue
BP or other companies in connection with the spill to be paid a
percentage of the damages awarded. Backers said that would help the
state get the best legal help.
Senate President Joel Chaisson blamed oil industry lobbyists for
the bill's failure and said the Legislature should return in
special session to pass it. Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was
disappointed at the bill's failure but that it's too early to
decide the next step.

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