Monday, April 22, 2013

Hood uses Langston lawyer to sue BP

Attorney Billy Quinn sued BP on behalf of the Mississippi Attorney General last Thursday in U.S. District Court. Mr. Quinn formerly worked at Joey Langston's law firm. Nice to see Jimmy keep it all in the family despite what might have happened in the past. Here is the lawsuit.


Anonymous said...

Has anyone confirmed that Hood did in fact try to negotiate more than once with BP?

Anonymous said...

gads, I sure wish that Hood would just GO AWAY! FAR away...It seems like that once those parasites get a toe hold you can NEVER shake free of them....

Anonymous said...

He left a voice mail message on a Sunday night the week of Christmas. What more do you want?

Fat Harry said...

Guilt by association?

Anonymous said...

Billy Quin and his partners are top notch lawyers and fine people. Pretty easy to take a pot shot at him from the cheap seats (you know, the ones where people who went to law school but don't practice law sit). They will do a great job for the State.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

No fan of the AG for many reasons, but I've never heard anyone impugn Billy Quinn's professionalism or character. Many attorneys worked as partners or associates with Joey Langston over the years and have impeccable records in practice.

The fact remains that Mr. Quinn "proposed" litigation to the AG in the past which produced favorable results. I expect, he had a role in proposing this litigation or at least a theory of recovery.

I understand the "BP lawsuit" story itself is newsworthy. However, other than the cheap-shot "guilt by association" angle, why's your story about Quinn?

Matlock said...

Thanks for your input Mr. Quinn...

Anonymous said...

Billy Quin and his partners are top notch lawyers and fine people. Pretty easy to take a pot shot at him from the cheap seats (you know, the ones where people who went to law school but don't practice law sit).

Sooooo, only lawyers can judge lawyers or are you saying that only lawyers can determine who is, or is not, a fine person?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there recentt legislation about the hiring of outside counsel by the State? I can't remember all of what the AG now can and can't do. Can anyone here provide details? Would those rules apply here?

Anonymous said...

As a non lawyer and after reading what happened with Minor,Scruggs one begins to wonder about what is taught a our flagship Law School and wonder if we need to start over.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight: You're our AG, and a group of good attorneys come to you and propose that they will sue BP for indisputably damaging our state, and they will put up all the enormous expenses to do so; won't cost our State a nickel. All they want in return is a reasonabe percentage of the recovery, IF they recover anything. How could anybody say "no, I would rather BP make even more billions in profits than they already do instead of compensating our State for the damage they did to it."

And no, the State doesn't have the lawyers with the expertise nor does the State want to spend its own money to fund the enormous expenses it probably would have to pay in big time litigation against BP. Suing BP is like suing another wealthy country. Money is no object to them when they want to win, which is the case most of the time.

randy said...

Quinn is a very good attorney and a fine person as well. Not sure why the fact that he was at once associated with Langston is newsworthy.

Anonymous said...

The Law is no object when he who has the most money always wins... regardless.

Who needs the law?

Anonymous said...

This isn't about law, damaging our state, etc... 11:08

Why the overuse of adjectives adverbs? "good" "indisputably" "enormous" "reasonable"

Nope, not about law. This is just the new cottage industry that was established that operates around law. They are not going to sue BP for damages, they are going to coerce BP into a settlement because the settlement amount will be less costly and less of a hassle. The attorney's will get their cut and MS will get basically nothing.

Just like all of the other AG back deals where a citizen gets $1.70 in damages out of a settlement.

No, this has nothing to do with law except to be a vehicle to operate the extortion business.

Anonymous said...

12:41, your comment is incorrect in virtually every respect. These attorneys will sue BP in court, and they probably will recover well into the hundreds of millions, if not billions, for our State, as lawyers have done for the State so many times in the past. See the tobacco settlement, Worldcom, etc.

Filing a lawsuit with an extremely sound basis like this one will have is not "extortion," it's what our legal system is designed to do.

Anonymous said...

They will sue in the court of public opinion and will angle for settlement, as lawyers have done for the State so many times in the past since the whole jackpot justice system was partially brought under control. A few attorneys will make more than the entire State when it's all said and done.

Great business climate. Extort money from businesses using the State AG office to fill the coffers of Democratic campaign donors (trial lawyers) who get the contracts for these suits. Wash, rinse, repeat.

The settlement will have no effect on MS. It will have a profound effect on the attorneys' bank accounts.

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