California Code, Business and Professions Code - BPC § 6154

(a) Any contract for professional services secured by any attorney at law or law firm in this state through the services of a runner or capper is void.  In any action against any attorney or law firm under the Unfair Practices Act, Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 17000 ) of Division 7, or Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 17200 ) of Division 7, any judgment shall include an order divesting the attorney or law firm of any fees and other compensation received pursuant to any such void contract.  Those fees and compensation shall be recoverable as additional civil penalties under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 17000 ) or Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 17200 ) of Division 7.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 17206 or any other provision of law, any fees recovered pursuant to subdivision (a) in an action involving professional services related to the provision of workers' compensation shall be allocated as follows:  if the action is brought by the Attorney General, one-half of the penalty collected shall be paid to the State General Fund, and one-half of the penalty collected shall be paid to the Workers' Compensation Fraud Account in the Insurance Fund;  if the action is brought by a district attorney, one-half of the penalty collected shall be paid to the treasurer of the county in which the judgment was entered, and one-half of the penalty collected shall be paid to the Workers' Compensation Fraud Account in the Insurance Fund;  if the action is brought by a city attorney or city prosecutor, one-half of the penalty collected shall be paid to the treasurer of the city in which the judgment was entered, and one-half of the penalty collected shall be paid to the Workers' Compensation Fraud Account in the Insurance Fund.  Moneys deposited into the Workers' Compensation Fraud Account pursuant to this subdivision shall be used in the investigation and prosecution of workers' compensation fraud, as appropriated by the Legislature.


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