Attorney general seeks to limit local government lawsuits

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is backing a bill that would limit local governments from bringing lawsuits similar to litigation seeking damages resulting from vaping, opioid abuse and climate change.

The bill would bar local governments, including cities, counties and school districts, from hiring law firms on a contingency basis without the approval of the attorney general. The legislation also would apply to state government.

The bill comes amid a spate of litigation locally and nationally targeting oil and gas companies over . . .

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