No. 00-40999.

259 F.3d 387 (2001)

State of TEXAS, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Real Parties In Interest, Including Walter Umphrey, John O'Quinn, John Eddie Williams, Wayne Reaud and Harold Nix, Respondents-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

July 23, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William Andrew Taylor, First Asst. Atty. Gen., Jeffrey Scott Boyd, Brent Alan Benoit, Special Asst. Atty. Gen., John Cornyn, Atty. Gen., Gregory Scott Coleman (argued), Julie Caruthers Parsley, Asst. Solicitor Gen., Austin, TX, for Petitioner-Appellant.

Michael E. Tigar (argued), The Tigar Law Firm, Washington, DC, David Grant Kaiser, Kaiser & Morrison, Houston, TX, for Respondents-Appellees.

Before GARWOOD, JOLLY and DeMOSS, Circuit Judges.

E. GRADY JOLLY, Circuit Judge:

The district court entered a final judgment, incorporating a settlement agreement that supposedly ended the litigation between the State of Texas and the tobacco industry. It should have been expected that, when attorney's fees are in the billions, a string of disputes would follow. This appeal arises from the post-settlement controversy questioning the legitimacy of the contingency fees awarded to counsel representing the state ("Private...

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