No Sanctions For Scruggs Katrina Group In Bribe Plot

Law360, New York (November 12, 2009, 6:33 PM EST) -- Jailed attorney Dickie Scruggs' participation in a plot to bribe a judge in a dispute over $26.5 million in attorneys' fees for a State Farm Insurance Co. settlement doesn't mean other lawyers in the Scruggs Katrina Group — a joint venture set up to litigate Hurricane Katrina claims — should be sanctioned, the Mississippi Supreme Court said on Thursday.

The court struck down a decision to sanction law firms in the dispute over the fees, which stemmed from the settlement of Hurricane Katrina suits. It held...
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