New Florida law: $50 million cap on what state can pay private attorneys

Palm Beach Post excerpt:

[A] battle will unfold if Florida decides to sue BP. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican candidate for governor, introduced a new twist during this year’s legislative session: a $50 million cap on legal fees that the state can pay private lawyers to handle complex cases, such as the imminent BP litigation. …

“It defies imagination that a $50 million fee – above and beyond recovering the cost of pursuing the lawsuit – would not be enough money to pay lawyers to represent this state, even in the most significant cases,” McCollum wrote in an opinion piece published in several Florida newspapers.

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