Two Gulf Coast attorneys accuse former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and associated law firms of using money owed to them in a scheme to bribe judges and other elected officials.
Lee Young and Charles Mikhail filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Jackson for $194,000 each from the national tobacco settlement in the 1990s.
They want a jury trial on their 17 allegations. They also claim the defendants broke federal racketeering laws.
Scruggs' attorney, Cal Mayo of Oxford, declined to comment Friday.
The suit alleges that Scruggs and 10 unidentified defendants plotted to defraud them to get money for the bribery scheme. Scruggs, three other attorneys and a former state auditor are in prison after guilty pleas and convictions.