Richard Scruggs, the Mississippi attorney who led legal challenges against hundreds of not-for-profit hospitals in state and federal courts, has been indicted on attempted bribery charges by a federal grand jury in Oxford, Miss.
Mississippi Judge Henry Lackey, who was overseeing a dispute involving Scruggs' Oxford, Miss., law firm and $26.5 million in legal fees, reported a bribe attempt to authorities, according to the indictment. Lackey aided the FBI's investigation into the alleged $50,000 bribe by Scruggs and four others.
Joey Langston, an attorney for the Scruggs firm, told the Associated Press, Im convinced that these guys did not do what theyre accused of doing.
Most lawsuits against not-for-profit hospitals and health systems brought by Scruggs and others have been settled or dismissed. An American Hospital Association spokeswoman said the trade group is not aware of any cases brought by Scruggs that are still pending. Calls to the Scruggs Law Firm were not returned at deadline. -- by Melanie Evans
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