Law firm sues attorney for Jindal over Coushatta scandal

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (AP) 6-08

A Texas law firm has filed a lawsuit against Jimmy Faircloth, the chief attorney for Governor Bobby Jindal.

The lawsuit contends that Faircloth stole a client, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, involving an effort to collect $32 million lost in the scandal surrounding Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Faircloth called it a “frivolous suit.”

Faircloth said he suspects the Provost and Umphrey Law Firm LLP of Beaumont, Texas, wants part of any settlement that might be hammered out with Abramoff and others.

Provost Umphrey was hired by the Coushattas in October 2004 for litigation against Abramoff, public relations consultant Michael Scanlon and their Miami-based law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP.

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana claimed in the lawsuit filed in November 2004 that Abramoff and Scanlon overcharged and billed for work never done.

Faircloth said most of the work he did was to prepare tribal leaders for the investigation by the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs committee.