Mississippi’s Tort King

“It just boggles the mind,” said one Mississippi trial lawyer quoted in the Los Angeles Times about the indictment of tort lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs last week on charges of backing the attempted bribery of a state judge. “Here is a man who has had an enormous amount of success, who reached a level very few attorneys, if any, have reached. Why would he risk everything over a legal dispute over attorneys’ fees?”

Why indeed? Mr. Scruggs, a prime mover in the $246 billion tobacco settlement with the states, is arguably the most formidable plaintiffs lawyer in history.

Walter Olson
Wall Street Journal