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When you’re the most prominent and powerful plaintiffs’ attorney in the land, winning hundreds of billions of dollars for your clients, you definitely qualify as a legend—or rather, a bogeyman who undoubtedly has haunted the dreams of many a carrier executive.

Richard “Dickie” Scruggs may now be serving time at a federal prison camp in Alabama for his role in bribing two Mississippi district court judges, but prior to his fall from grace he dominated courtrooms for decades, playing a significant role in not one, not two but three of the most important and costly civil disputes of all time: those revolving around assigning liabilities for tobacco, asbestos and Hurricane Katrina.

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