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July 18, 2016

Criminal Trial of Texas Plaintiffs’ Attorney to Begin Today over Gulf Oil Spill Fraud Allegations

The criminal trial of Texas plaintiffs’ attorney Mikal Watts is set to begin today. Watts was indicted last year on allegations “he committed fraud when purportedly signed up more than 40,000 coastal clients after the 2010 spill – a showy number that helped put him at the head of the plaintiffs’ steering committee,” reports Legal Newsline.

Last October, the indictment against Watts was unsealed, revealing he “and his co-defendants allegedly fabricated thousands of clients, including the representation of a dog by the name of Lucy Lu.”

Prior to that indictment, Watts’ law firm had reached a $2.3 billion settlement with BP on behalf of the 41,000 seafood workers he purportedly represented.

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