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The Impact of Privatization on Litigation

By Steve Hitov & Gill Deford

Because programs affecting people in poverty are increasingly being contracted out to the private sector, litigation on behalf of those programs' beneficiaries is becoming more complex and demanding. Advocates for the poor, the elderly, and those with disabilities should become familiar with three areas in which privatization is likely to affect legal services litigation: third-party-beneficiary contract actions, state action, and increased complexity caused by private defendants participating in the litigation.

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