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November 29, 2007 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
A powerful lawyer who has been leading the legal battle against the insurance industry in post-Katrina Mississippi was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on suspicion of conspiring to bribe a state judge. The indictment alleges that Richard F. Scruggs of Oxford, Miss., a prominent lawyer for plaintiffs, and four other men including Scruggs' lawyer son conspired to bribe Mississippi Circuit Judge Henry L.
An Irvine lender's settlement of charges that it systematically cheated 18,000 home equity borrowers will result in refunds of $60million--the largest punishment for "predatory" home loan practices in history, consumer protection officials said Thursday. The settlement comes in the October 2000 lawsuit filed against First Alliance Corp. by the Federal Trade Commission, a suit later joined by California and five other states.
February 10, 2003 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
The legal posse that helped corral Big Tobacco has ridden into Orange County -- or, more precisely, descended in private jets -- for a shootout with Lehman Bros., the Wall Street investment firm that bankrolled now-defunct Irvine lender First Alliance Corp. Mississippi lawyer Richard F.
February 19, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
The long-awaited legal battle between embittered customers of First Alliance Corp. and Lehman Bros., the Wall Street firm that bankrolled the now-defunct Irvine lender, got underway in earnest Tuesday as lawyers traded charges about First Alliance's business practices -- and how much Lehman knew about them.
November 30, 2007 | Richard Fausset and Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writers
He is a legendary trial lawyer, and one of the richest men in Mississippi. His name graces the music building at his alma mater, Ole Miss. He is the brother-in-law of Republican Sen. Trent Lott, and a friend of the Democratic state attorney general. Attorney Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs once vowed to use his expertise, stature and money to fight the insurance industry's alleged mishandling of homeowners' claims after Hurricane Katrina. But now he may be fighting for his freedom.
June 28, 2008 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
There were women in pearls, men in seersucker -- enough well-heeled Mississippians to conjure up a charity auction or summer fete. They were crowded Friday into a small wood-paneled federal courtroom behind a long line of sober, dark-suited attorneys to watch Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs, a legendary plaintiffs' attorney, receive a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in March to conspiring to bribe a judge.
March 15, 2008 | Richard Fausset, Jenny Jarvie and Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writers
Over the years, Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs earned a reputation as one of the nation's wiliest and most powerful plaintiff's attorneys. Along the way he was hailed as a champion of the little guy. He was also derided as a scoundrel who would stoop as low as necessary to get his way -- and fatten his bank account. On Friday, his critics rested their case in the court of public opinion.
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