Associated Press 07.19.07, 8:05 PM ET
HOUSTON - 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 arbitration panel that decided the case. Click here for more.