- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Democratic legislators say the law firm recommending that Utah sue the federal government to regain control of tens of millions of acres of land should be investigated for withholding information.

Two lawmakers said Monday that the New Orleans-based Davillier Law Group would only provide them with the positive arguments for pursuing the lawsuit. They say Republican lawmakers were offered information about downsides to the lawsuit.

Sen. Jim Dabakis and Rep. Joel Briscoe have asked the Utah Bar Association to look into the ethics of the law group.

Davillier has previously defended the work, saying they researched and analyzed counter points.

Utah leaders are weighing whether to sue the federal government for control of public lands. The lawsuit could cost up to $14 million.


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