Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Tuesday called for a Justice Department investigation into the practice of companies that buy lawsuit settlements of lead-poisoning victims in Baltimore for cents on the dollar.
State officials are looking into the businesses, which swap guaranteed regular payments over years for much smaller one-time payouts up front. Van Hollen, of Montgomery County, drafted a letter with Rep. Louise M. Slaughter of New York calling for the probe.
Van Hollen is a candidate for the Senate seat that will be left vacant in 2017 by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.
"We are extremely concerned that victims of lead poisoning, many of whom have suffered...