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Court Intrigue For The King Of Torts

Publication Date: 
December 09, 2007
The New York Times
Nelson D. Schwartz

Professor Joseph A. Grundfest is quoted commenting on the web of intrigue surrounding some of the highest paid tort lawyers in the country and their connections to asbestos and tobacco and drug class action cases who are now under investigation for bribery:

Observers, like Joseph A. Grundfest, a professor at Stanford Law School, agree that the high-profile prosecutions come at a bad time for trial lawyers, especially with companies like Merck taking a harder line in recent suits over deaths linked to its drug Vioxx and with judges insisting that liability cases be tried individually, rather than as easier-to-negotiate mass claims.

“Ironically, it’s very similar to allegations they make against C.E.O.’s and corporate chieftains trying to squeeze an extra nickel out of the process,” Professor Grundfest said of the Scruggs case. “Isn’t that what these guys have done, too?”