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Two Florida lawyers, already battling in court in their home state, are now embroiled in a fee dispute in a Houston court.

In the Sunshine State case filed last summer, Coral Gables, Florida, attorney J.B. Harris alleged that his former co-counsel, Tallahassee litigator Phillip T. Howard, “usurped” a portfolio of tobacco cases potentially worth millions of dollars. Harris claimed the attorneys reached an agreement in 2017 for Howard to finance the cases and pay Harris a $225,000 salary with benefits and in exchange, Howard would keep 80 percent of fees from the litigation.


Related story: ‘Everything Went to Hell’: Coral Gables Attorney Sues Former Co-Counsel Over Tobacco Cases


Now, the same 2017 agreement has come up again in new litigation in Texas, but the tables have turned.

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Angela Morris

Angela Morris is ALM Media's Texas litigation reporter. She covers lawsuits in all levels of Texas state and federal courts. Based in Austin, Morris earned journalism and government degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and since then, has worked primarily as a reporter and writer, but also has skills in videography, photography and podcasts. Follow her on Twitter at @AMorrisReports.

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