Annapolis, MD – Maryland’s attorney general [Brian Frosh] urged lawmakers on Thursday to give his office the ability to regulate deals offered by businesses that buy legal settlements at steep discounts from lead poisoning victims, such as Baltimore’s Freddie Gray.

The measure, which had a hearing before lawmakers, would require that courts find the transfer of settlements to be in the best interest of the injured person. Cases also would have to be decided in the court of the county where the injured person lives, so companies couldn’t bring cases solely to one judge friendly to their proposals.