Bush Prohibits Contingency Work On U.S.' Behalf

Law360, New York (May 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a move both denounced as a threat to the civil justice system and lauded as a means to protect the public from plaintiffs attorneys’ steep fees, President Bush has signed an executive order prohibiting the federal government from retaining outside counsel on a contingency basis.

On Wednesday, President Bush signed off on the executive order, entitled “Protecting American Taxpayers From Payment of Contingency Fees.”

The order says that organizations or individuals that provide legal or expert witness services to or on behalf of the United...
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