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Washington Post Publishes Legal Aid Op-Ed on Structured Settlements
The Washington Post published an opinion piece today (to appear in the Sunday, September 13 print edition of the paper) that Heather Latino and I drafted regarding the sale of structured settlements in the District of Columbia, and legislation under consideration by the D.C. Council to address those transactions. Our op-ed was written in reaction to an article in the Post from several weeks ago about vulnerable individuals in Baltimore — victims of lead poisoning — who sold their settlements for a fraction of their current value. D.C. is one of only three jurisdictions in the United States that has not enacted legislation regarding the sale of structured settlements. Legal Aid is committed to continue working with other advocates to seek the passage of legislative protections for annuity holders who want to enter into these transactions in the District.