Saturday, April 18, 2009

Gary King Explains "Pay-to-Sue"

My story about Attorney General Gary King's response to the Wall Street Journal editorial that accused him of being of being part of "a nationwide 'pay-to-sue' operation" is HERE.

King was one of several Democratic state officials named in the editorial who took large campaign contributions from a Houston lawyer representing New Mexico and those other states in a lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

King said the editorial is "part of the ongoing battle where there are organizations trying to prevent attorneys general from pursuing consumer cases" and part of an effort "to drive us into a situation where law firms that are pro-consumer could not contribute to candidates, whereas all the businesses could continue to contribute to the candidates who they could convince to terminate the lawsuits."