Phillip Thomas has an informative post about Eaton v. Frisby. Before reading it, here’s some chronology that will set one piece of news in context.
Recall the timing:
- 1) Mike Allred, a lawyer for Eaton Corp., agrees to pay a witness for testimony in Eaton’s case against Frisby Copr. Allred and whoever else knew about the agreement fail to disclose it in discovery requests from Frisby .
- 2) Frisby finds out about the agreement and goes after Eaton in motions for sanctions, both for making the agreement and failing to disclose it.
- 3) Eaton contends the whole agreement and discovery thing was isolated to its Mississippi lawyer, Mike Allred, and that it had taken Allred off the case and so everything was ok.
- 4) The special master finds otherwise, that Eaton should be sanctioned for its conduct.
- 5) Eaton secretly hires Ed Peters to influence Judge DeLaughter and undo the findings of the special master.
One thing that had not been disclosed as far as I knew was this: Who recommended hiring Peters? Many of us had guesses, but I think this is the first confirmation. It was Mike Allred, who was supposedly off the case.
Thomas also has other details, for instance that part of Peters’s pay was a 1% contingent fee, varying based upon how effectively he influenced DeLaughter. Recall that Eaton has said throughout that it’s case was worth a billion.
It’s a good post. I’ll have some more Eaton material, either tonight or tomorrow.
This is where Anderson asks when, exactly, the state bar might do something about this mess.