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Mississippi attorney Richard Scruggs, the foremost legal opponent of insurance companies over Hurricane Katrina claims, was hit with criminal contempt charges yesterday by special federal prosecutors in Alabama.

The contempt charges stem from Mr. Scruggs’ alleged defiance of an injunction not to disclose purloined State Farm claims documents. They were originally ordered June 15 by U.S. District Court Judge William Acker Jr. in Birmingham, Ala.

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