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A look back at allegations of trial lawyer fraud leading up to Mikal Watts’ trial

By David Yates | Jul 16, 2016

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Cracken, Hilliard accused of ‘shamefully’ stealing IDs of Deepwater victims; plaintiff seeks $100M in exemplary damages

By David Yates | Mar 14, 2016

HOUSTON – A recently filed lawsuit seeks an award of $100 million in exemplary damages against Texas attorneys John Cracken and Bob Hilliard for allegedly using case runners to steal the identities of Vietnamese-Americans damaged by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Mikal Watts indicted for fraud in BP oil spill litigation

By David Yates | Oct 23, 2015

Texas mega donor and prominent plaintiff’s attorney Mikal Watts has been indicated on allegations that he committed fraud when purportedly signing up tens of thousands of clients following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Provost Umprhey gets $17M jury verdict for benzene plaintiff in Lake Charles

By David Yates | Feb 21, 2012

Brown LAKE CHARLES - A plaintiff represented in part by Provost Umphrey attorney Darren Brown recently reaped a $17.5 million verdict in his benzene suit against several oil giants.

Lanier says plaintiff's bar faces royal battle over oil spill suits, fears BP bankruptcy

By David Yates | Aug 13, 2010

Lanier HOUSTON-For at least one trial lawyer, the biggest possible disaster arising from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill isn't environmental, but rather BP declaring bankruptcy in the face of an endless stream of lawsuits.

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