Private Lawyers Pocket $73 Million In Florida’s Opioid Case

  • Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody paid private lawyers tens of millions of dollars for negotiating opioid settlements, bypassing the state’s $50 million cap on contingency fees.
  • Moody’s explanation: The companies she sued paid the fees, with more than $70 million flowing to one Washington law firm. But her explanation could be seen as contradicted both by the contract a predecessor AG signed with outside law firms as well as Florida law, which treats any legal fee that is conditioned upon winning a case as a contingency fee.
  • And Section 16.0155 of the Florida statutes states “in no event shall the aggregate contingency fee exceed $50 million” in any set of litigation, regardless of the number of cases or lawyers involved.
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