BAKER ANNOUNCES COMPETITIVE PROCESS TO SELECT TOBACCO ATTORNEYS
The committee will consist of attorneys from the Law Department, as well as representatives of the Department of Medical Assistance, the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Administrative Services and the Office of Planning and Budget. According to Baker, the committee will develop specific criteria for the selection of outside counsel and will request written proposals from firms interested in working on the litigation.
The committee will then review those proposals and make a recommendation to the Attorney General, who is expected to appoint outside counsel sometime in late March. "When those appointments are made," Baker says, "we want to be completely satisfied that the selection process was open and fair, and that we have retained the best lawyers at the best rates possible."