For a variety of reasons, there are situations when plaintiffs’ lawyers are unable to pursue private class actions on their own. As a result, some plaintiffs’ lawyers have come up with a substitute business model: Convince state attorneys general to hire them on a contingent-fee basis to bring claims on behalf of a state—either in the name of the state itself or standing in the shoes of its citizens, through so-called parens patriae actions.

No business likes to be sued by a state attorney general. But what might make such a suit arguably more palatable than a private class action
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