Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest producer and de facto leader, has hired former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, now partner law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, to lobby against proposed U.S. legislation—the so-called NOPEC Act—that could pave the way to antitrust lawsuits in the U.S. against the cartel and its national oil companies.
According to a Registration Statement filed with the U.S. Department of Justice last week, Olson—who was Solicitor General of the United States in 2001-2004—and two other lawyers at the firm, have been retained by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to prepare and disseminate information materials.
The Embassy of Saudi Arabia has paid a US$250,000 fee for services, and according to Bloomberg, it would pay another US$100,000 monthly, if the law firm will lobby against the NOPEC bill in meetings with legislators.
The law firm will carry out a legal analysis of the bill and write an op-ed against it, and could also lobby Congress members and their staff, Bloomberg reports.

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