What’s up with Trent Lott’s brother-in-law, Dickie Scruggs?

The FBI searched the law offices of notorious plaintiffs’ attorney and tobacco shakedown artist Dickie Scruggs yesterday. He’s the brother-in-law of retiring Sen. Trent Lott. (Hat tip 0 Y’all Politics). What’s going on? Lott’s office says his resignation and the crackdown on Scruggs are mere “coincidence.” A lot of local political observers/bloggers seem to think otherwise.

The Insurance Coverage blog is all over the news. There’s background from David Rossmiller on a False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit brought against Scruggs. He stands accused of “serious ethical improprieties” relating to Hurricane Katrina litigation against State Farm insurance. The charges involve use of stolen documents and direct communication with representatives of the opposing party.

Scruggs represented his brother-in-law, the retiring Sen. Trent Lott, in that revenge lawsuit.

Michelle Malkin