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Richard Scruggs

Plaintiff's attorney from Mississippi, head negotiator and top lawyer in the Medicaid cases

Cards: Access to Congress through Trent Lott | Money from his time as an asbestos lawyer | Medicaid cases

Richard Scruggs was a small time lawyer until he began gathering plaintiffs into class action suits against the asbestos industry. His success in those cases led him directly to tobacco. It was his net worth -- over $9 million dollars -- that he floated to start the war on Big Tobacco in the form of the Mississippi case against the industry. He then joined with Mike Moore in convincing other states to join the battle.

Richard Scruggs
See also: Tobacco Deal Timeline | Interview Excerpt | Michael Moore Interview | Richard Morris Interview | Michael Moore | Ron Motley