Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is suing to block the release of records related to the close relationship between her office and Texas Mutual to prosecute the company’s fraud cases with a special unit. The long-standing contract between the two has been the source of controversy since The Texas Tribune (along with the Austin American-Statesman) publicized the unusual arrangement after a months-long investigation. The records in question were requested under the Texas Public Information Act but never provided, even after Attorney General Ken Paxton ruled last month that Travis County must turn them over. Lehmberg is attempting to reverse this decision and states in her petition that there is a “privity of interest” between her office and the insurer and that the records fall under exceptions to transparency laws.
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