WILL JOHN O’QUINN HAVE TO PART WITH SOME OF HIS MILLIONS?

PANEL TELLS HIM TO COUGH UP $35 MILLION TO FORMER CLIENTS!

Prominent trial lawyer John O’Quinn has been ordered to pay at least $35.7 million to more than 3,000 former clients for improperly deducting expenses from settlements he won
for them.
With interest and attorneys’ fees, O’Quinn might have pay as
much as $60 million.
“Quite simply, if O’Quinn is allowed to improperly withhold client funds with impunity, other lawyers may believe that they can do likewise. Such a result would destroy the very integrity of the special and unique relationship that exists between attorney and client,” according to a final order released Thursday by a three-person panel that decided the case.
The decision against O’Quinn was the result of a class-action lawsuit filed in 1999 by three ex-clients in East Texas who claimed his law firm overcharged them for expenses when they settled lawsuits alleging their breast implants were defective. More than
3,000 other former clients later joined the lawsuit.
In March, a majority of the arbitration panel had decided the deduction of a total of $18.9 million from the plaintiffs’ settlements was improper. The decision also said the 1.5 percent of
general expenses collected by O’Quinn from the women were not authorized by his client contracts.
Joe Jamail, lead lawyer for the suing women, called the decision “a victory for the bar.”