Sponsor This Bill, Lose Your Primary

Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) lost his Democratic primary race for governor of Alabama Tuesday, falling to state Ag Commissioner Ron Sparks by 65-35 percent.

Davis is the sponsor of H.R. 2519, to allow the deduction of attorney-advanced expenses and court costs in contingency fee cases, with the effect of encouraging speculative lawsuits. Passage of the bill is a lobbying priority for the national trial lawyers lobby — some call it a “trial lawyer” earmark worth $1.6 billion.

Sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, S. 347? Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA).

In other Alabama primary news, this time the Republican, Ted Frank of the Manhattan Institute reports at Point of Law:

Troy King, who farmed out state litigation on questionable theories of Medicare overcharges on contingency-fee bases to firms that then proceeded to farm it out to Beasley Allen, was defeated by Luther Strange 60-40 in a low-turnout primary yesterday.

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