Texas settled a suit against tobacco companies 10 years ago for $17.3 billion, but a fight over attorney fees stemming from the settlement is going on in two courts. Brent Coon, a principal in Brent Coon & Associates, alleges he was a partner in Provost Umphrey when the state reached a settlement agreement with the companies, and he is entitled to part of the $3.3 billion that will be split among lawyers who represented the state. But some of the defendants named in Coon's suit have fired back, suing Coon.
Plaintiffs Lawyers Tangle Over Billions in Tobacco Fees
January 9, 2008