Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc.
- Case Date: 8/12/2009
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On August 17, 2010, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sidestepped a ruling on the propriety of pay-to-play bidding on public contracts, ruling that a defendant being sued by Pennsylvania lacked standing to argue that the Stateís attorneys should be disqualified. The defendant had argued that the terms of the contract under which Pennsylvania hired a plaintiffsí law firm violated the defendantís constitutional rights. The law firm was hired on a contingency fee basis in an effort to recover an alleged overpayment of funds to a drug company. The decision to dismiss the defendantís claims on standing grounds was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief urging the court to disqualify the law firm. WLF charged that the law firm was awarded the right to represent Pennsylvania without public bidding and after its principal attorney made huge donations to the Governorís reelection campaign. WLF charged that the law firm in effect purchased the right to represent Pennsylvania in this case.
More Information and Downloads:
8/11/2009: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Declines To Address Pay-To-Play Contracting System
Press Release: Court Urged To Crack Down On Pay-To-Play Contracting System