Scruggsipus Rex: Review of 'Kings of Tort'
Yeah, I know, what's with me, right? How many blogging comebacks am I going to make, and when am I done talking about Scruggs? I get asked about blogging all the time: when am I going to start again, when am I going to start again and stop quitting, and so forth. Fair questions. At some point, I either have to blog or cut bait, and what I've decided to do is blog. With some help, as you will see in the coming days.
Also, while I've never been one to stick strictly to the putative subject matter of this blog -- insurance -- I'm going to broaden the subject matter a bit beyond insurance and Scruggs. Because let's face it, while it's well known that insurance analysis is the rock 'n' roll of the 21st Century, and that it provides not only endless intellectual challenges but also invitations to all the cool parties, a little variety is a good thing.
That being said, one of the things I've had sitting around for quite a few months is a book review I did last year of the book Kings of Tort for the Mississippi College Law Review. My thinking is I should get this posted before its beard gets any longer, and move on to other stuff. I wrote this review before the publishing of the newest book about Scruggs, The Fall of House of Zeus, by Curtis Wilkie. I have not read Zeus, but I intend to soon. I've heard very good things about it from a number of people including two of my law partners, one of whom said he couldn't decide which was the better book, Zeus or Kings of Tort. When I get Zeus read, I'll write a review and post it here. It might take a while. This review of Kings of Tort took a long time to write -- I wanted to make sure I gave it an A+ effort. Here's the opening paragraph of my review:
The career of fabled tort lawyer Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs provides one of the better arguments for the truth of Karl Marx's dictum that events and people come along twice in history -- the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.
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That's it for today. Probably the only Marxian review you'll find about a Scruggs book, although I did ponder which Marxist view would be the best to analyze Scruggs: Karl or Groucho. The review might have worked just as well with Groucho: "Say the secret word and win a hundred dollars," particularly if the secret word was "sweet potatoes."
Catch you in the next post . . . in a couple years. Kidding. See you soon.
Beautiful, thoughtful review. Will comment further once I let it sink in and re-read it. By the way, just read "Circle of Greed", on Bill Lerach's rise and fall, and some parallels seem clear. PS: I see there's fresh action on the Zach front.
There is life after Scruggs. I swear. So keep blogging.