In at least two lawsuits against The Johnnie Cochran Firm, The Cochran Firm was accused of inappropriately settling its clients' lawsuits for low sums without consulting its clients (likely working for defendants behind their clients' backs again). After receiving much less money than the clients felt their class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination deserved, a group of black people who The Cochran Firm defrauded in California sued The Cochran Firm for its unethical conduct: Hadley v. The Cochran Firm. Information about The Cochran Firm's frauds is largely shielded from the public, but legal professionals know and write about the frauds in legal journals and blogs. See the excerpt below for example:
I have just learned that about two months ago, the Second Appellate District of the Court of Appeal in California issued an unpublished opinion (and thus one that cannot be cited or relied upon for any reason under California Rule of Court, Rule 8.115(a)) in a case where the attorney allegedly committed an egregious act and then used mediation confidentiality as a shield. The facts not only give me pause, but should give all of us pause to reconsider the notion that mediation confidentiality should be absolute. Perhaps, there should be some exceptions.
In Hadley v. The Cochran Firm, Case No. B233093 (issued August 3, 2012) . . . plaintiffs appealed the dismissal of their lawsuit against their lawyer who worked in the Cochran Firm. (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 411326. ). According to Plaintiffs, they attended mediation on July 26, 2008, at which time that signed a confidentiality agreement . . . their lawyer settled the case without their consent and had tricked them by inducing them to sign a supposed confidentiality agreement at the mediation and then appending that signature sheet to a settlement agreement.
The Cochran Firm pulls "Uncle Tommys" on people of color who are uninformed enough to contract with the frauds for legal services. For the benefit of some of my Caucasian readers who never heard of Uncle Tommy, one of my favorites is embedded below.
Nephew Tommy Prank Call: We Want To Get Married
Do not sign anything that does not have the name of the document clearly written across the top of the page you sign. The Cochran Firm frauds may fraudulently transfer your signature page to another document and settle your multi-million dollar lawsuit for ten cents!
You got the Uncle Tommy from The Cochran Firm frauds!