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Scruggs, other shady lawyers highlighted in film

By John O'Brien | Jul 11, 2011


WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A documentary that debuts Monday night chronicles personal injury lawyers who abused America's civil justice system.

"InJustice," a one-hour film by Single Malt Media and producer Brian Kelly, airs at 10 p.m. on ReelzChannel and highlights scams perpetrated by attorneys in asbestos and Fen-Phen litigation, as well as the downfall of plaintiff attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

The film was backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Legal Newsline and the Madison County Record are owned by the Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the Chamber.

"When you look at the civil justice system, you see the amount of fraud that's been perpetrated over the last 15 years, it makes you question the system," Kelly says in a video on the film's website.

"It makes you question 'Can anyone of us walk into a courtroom and get a fair trial?' Can you put together a company -- start your own small company and not be sued for something that is not necessarily your fault or something you can prevent?"

The movie comes two weeks after the debut of "Hot Coffee," a documentary that aired on HBO and was critical of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's role in the tort reform movement.

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