Appeals Court Unseals Suit Accusing Bernstein Litowitz Of Mississippi Kickback Scheme

A federal appeals court in New York has ordered a lawsuit by a former attorney with Bernstein Litowitz unsealed, saying the public has the right to see allegations the prominent class-action firm paid an attorney with connections to the Misssippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office more than $100,000 to help secure work with the state…

…This would just be another unremarkable fee spat among lawyers except for the plaintiff, Bruce Bernstein, also brought his allegations to the U.S. Attorney in New York and they involve a law firm well known for its political contributions to government officials. Hood’s opponent in the most recent race for Mississippi Attorney General also accused him of awarding contingency-fee contracts that generated $65 million in fees to law firms that donated heavily to his campaign.