A professional mediator and amateur hunter, John Calhoun Wells had never run an arbitration before the tobacco fee hearings. Yet since 1998, Wells has led the arbitration panel charged with doling out $13 billion to the plaintiffs' tobacco bar. Now two of the largest fee awards have come under judicial attack. Here's a behind-the-scenes account of the controversial awards. Warning: It's not a pretty picture.
The American Lawyer
December 2, 2002