Tobacco lawyers to Mass.: we’ll sue for the whole $2 billion

by Walter Olson on November 4, 2003

Law firms Brown Rudnick Berlack & Israels and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein now say they’ll sue the state of Massachusetts for the whole $2 billion they say they’re entitled to — a 25 percent contingency share of the state’s $8 billion tobacco-settlement booty — rather than accept the measly $775 million they’ve been awarded in arbitration. The Associated Press says the firms “risk becoming poster children for attorney greed at a time when the profession is already under attack for high damage awards. ‘This lawsuit is about greed and it’s about selfishness. They should be ashamed of themselves,’ said former Maine Attorney General James Tierney, who worked with attorneys general from around the country to help negotiate the $246 billion master settlement.” (“Law firms go to court to make Massachusetts pay full tobacco legal fee”, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 3; Steve Bailey, “Pigs at the trough”, Boston Globe, Oct. 10) For earlier coverage of the Massachusetts fees, see May 19; Jan. 2-3, 2002; Aug. 13-14, 2001; Dec. 22, 1999. (& see Dec. 17)

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1 American Digest 11.08.03 at 4:53 pm

Right Idea. Wrong Lawyer

“…firms “risk becoming poster children for attorney greed at a time when the profession is already under attack Tobacco lawyers to Mass.: we’ll sue for the whole $2 billionLaw firms Brown Rudnick Berlack & Israels and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bern…

2 ethicalEsq 12.15.03 at 5:00 pm

An Honest Lawyer Says Tobacco Fee Claim is Clearly Excessive

According to the AP , Thomas Sobol , who served as lead attorney on the tobacco case for Brown Rudnick Berlack

3 ethicalEsq 12.15.03 at 5:42 pm

An Honest Lawyer Says Tobacco Fee Claim is Clearly Excessive

According to the AP , Thomas Sobol , who served as lead attorney on the tobacco case for Brown Rudnick Berlack

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