Outside counsel fight remains a political cold war

The ongoing legislative battle over the so-called “outside counsel,” or contingency fee law, remains a political cold war between the state’s trial lawyers and business and medical interests – and it’s a story that has two sides.

Tort reform opponents have consistently used the outside counsel issue to rail against the highly questionable activities of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in state judicial politics. But in doing so, those same opponents just as consistently ignored the role of some of the state’s high-profile trial lawyers in the escalation of a campaign finance arms race in Mississippi.

Sid Salter
1/31/12