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Over the years, Mississippi senator Trent Lott made a name for himself as an opponent of lawsuit “abuse,” decrying his home state as “the center of jackpot justice” and declaring, “What disgusts me most is the lawyers that the abuse has made super-wealthy.” That was then. After Hurricane Katrina ruined his Gulf Coast home, Lott changed his tune, joining thousands of Mississippians in a class-action lawsuit against their insurance companies. The suit is headed by legendary plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard Scruggs, who observed, “Funny how frivolous lawsuits stop being frivolous when it’s you.”

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