Report – jim Hood one of 8 AGs identified as the closest to the plaintiffs bar

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The relationship between plaintiffs attorneys and the man President Barack Obama wants to head a key consumer protection agency is targeted in a new report by the Manhattan Institute.

The institute’s latest edition of Trial Lawyers Inc., a series that explores the plaintiffs bar, focuses on state attorneys general who had or have close ties to those attorneys. One such AG, it says, was former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Cordray is one of eight the report identified as the closest to the plaintiffs bar. The other seven are:

-Louisiana’s Buddy Caldwell, who gave state lawsuits over the Gulf oil spill to firms that had collectively donated $145,000 to his campaign;

-Mississippi’s Jim Hood, who hired lawyers who contributed to $75,000 to one of his campaigns for a lawsuit against Eli Lilly & Co. and, according to federal prosecutors, worked closely with now-imprisoned attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs during litigation against insurance companies after Hurricane Katrina;

Legal News Line
10/25/11