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Third-Party Payments in Government Litigation Settlements
In June of 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo prohibiting the Department of Justice from directing settlement payments to non-governmental third parties that are “neither victims nor parties to the lawsuits” when the Department is engaged in litigation. The memo halted a practice that was utilized by the Bush and Obama administrations and now may make a return under the Biden administration.

Some view these third-party payments in government litigation settlements as an unconstitutional encroachment on Congress's spending power that should remain proscribed, but some see it as a legitimate measure to advance policy goals, particularly when it comes to environmental enforcement.

Join us at 12:00 PM ET on April 14 for a Zoom webinar featuring experts that come down on both sides of the issue discussing the practice and whether it will, and should, be utilized once again by the new administration.


• Ryan Dean Newman, Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice
• Justin A. Savage, Global Co-Lead, Environmental Team, Sidley Austin LLP
• John Shu, Attorney and Legal Commentator
• Moderator: Annie Donaldson Talley, Partner, Luther Strange and Associates

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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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