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Re: “Little Rock attorney says terms of settlement shortchange Goodson law firm clients

Mark Friedeman's story shines a light on a highly collusive and lawyer driven practice occurring in Arkansas despite the US Supreme Court finding the practice to be illegal years ago. When most people circumvent the US Supreme Court, they go to jail. But lawyers just keep making money.

However, I think it is funny that the article gives Goodson the credit for being a legal strategist or mastermind. Although the article briefly quotes an attorney from the Kessler Topaz firm out of Philadelphia, Friedeman fails to graps that it is these out of state firms, primarily Kessler Topaz, who are the masterminds of the strategy and who are using John Goodson and Justice Goodson to manipulate the legal system in Arkansas. Does anyone really believe that a powerhouse firm like Kessler Topaz would let John Goodson do anything other than carry a briefcase and shake hands? Kessler Topaz will mine the Arkansas judicial system for every jewel and move on when the mine is picked over.

Friedeman, and maybe Max Brantley, should focus their time on unraveling the web of connections between John Goodson and Justice Goodson and these out of state law firms who were mentioned in the article That is where the real story lies. Let's see how much these firms have given to Arkansas politicians and what they are getting in return.

One such jewel that Kessler Topaz is mining with Goodson's help is the savings bond case with Auditor Lea that promises Kessler Topax $40,000,000. Max has already written about the State Auditor Lea hiring the Kessler Topaz firm on a 25% no-bid contract to try to recover money for unclaimed savings bonds. It is very interesting that the same firm that has been shown by Friedeman to be engaging in collusive and self-serving behavior in these class actions is supposed to be representing the interests of the state of Arkansas. If Kessler Topaz is willing to rip off the class, are they also willing to rip off the State of Arkansas? It is hard to imagine a worse possible choice to represent the State, and yet, everyone seems to focus just on Goodson. What an irony to see the worst class action abusers representing a conservative auditor. There is only one way to reconcile that: Goodson got Kessler Topaz the gig using his political connections.

Goodson is the shiny pendant that everyone watches while the real mastermind goes in for the big score. A google search quickly reveals that Kessler Topaz is vying to be the lead counsel in the volkswagen litigation that is now centralized in California. Before the court out there makes that decision, shouldn't someone let the class and judge know the games Kessler Topaz is playing in Arkansas that is hurting veterans in exchange for excessive fees? Auditor Lea, do you care more about our veterans or an out of state mega-firm?

The article mentions Ted Frank of the Class Action Fairness Center. If he is reading this, I hope he let's the VW judge now what shenanigans Kessler Topaz is up to in Arkansas. Or maybe someone else will.

I have a feeling if someone really wanted to investigate this, someone like 60 minutes, Frontline, the Arkansas bar, or the FBI, the whole thing would unravel.

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Posted by Class Action Fairness on 12/14/2015 at 11:41 PM

 

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