Dickie Scruggs’ $50 million man

Blake will earn $50 million, court records show, for clipping newspaper articles and alerting Scruggs to maneuvering in political “cloakrooms,” as Scruggs put it, from Mississippi to Washington.

Scruggs managed a transformation of his own over the same two decades, from small-town attorney to polished multi-millionaire.

Scruggs also amassed around $1 billion in legal fees through massive settlements on behalf of clients whose health was destroyed by asbestos and tobacco. Blake advised Scruggs through both battles, offering services Scruggs described as political in nature.

Sun Herald