Blake’s information ‘right-on’

Politicians had to be finessed, whistle-blowers compensated and at least one lawsuit smoothed over before tobacco companies agreed to settle legal disputes that eventually earned attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs around $1 billion in legal fees.

For 10 years, Scruggs fought two attorneys who laid claim to a share of asbestos and tobacco fees. The court battles revealed millions in payments Scruggs willingly handed over to another attorney, Joey Langston of Booneville, Delta farmer turned political consultant P.L. Blake, and key tobacco insider Merrell Williams.

Anita Lee
Sun Herald