Dee Miles, who heads up our Consumer Fraud Section, was spotlighted last month in the Super Lawyers magazine. Dee acknowledges that some folks will always find a way to cheat, and his lawyers are determined that they will not get away with it. Dee says he approaches the practice of law, particularly in his area dealing with consumer fraud and wrongdoing in the workplace, with a faith in the triumph of good over evil. In the feature interview in Super Lawyers magazine, Dee said, “We come in and make sure that the cheaters are taken care of and whatever it is they’re doing is stopped.” That is the purpose and function of Dee’s section in our firm.
Dee has involved the firm in cases on a national level. He has served as lead and co-lead counsel in numerous cases resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts. He is currently serving as lead counsel for the State of Alabama against 73 pharmaceutical companies accused of defrauding the state Medicaid system. Twenty-two other states have filed similar suits against the same pharmaceutical companies, and Dee is representing eight states in this litigation.
Dee has also been appointed by Federal District Judge James V. Selna to serve in a leadership role on the Plaintiffs Liaison counsel in the Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the California U.S. District Court. This committee has the awesome responsibility of coordinating the litigation for the entire country. In December 2012, Toyota proposed a $1.1 billion settlement to resolve hundreds of consumer claims in this litigation. If approved, it would be the largest in U.S. history involving automotive defects.
The Consumer Fraud section, under Dee’s direction, has been actively working on cases involving Qui Tam, or whistleblower laws. Under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act, citizens are allowed to sue on behalf of the government when they uncover evidence of fraud or wrongdoing. They may receive a portion of the money recovered in these cases. Examples of these types of cases include any instances where individuals or businesses attempt to solicit a fraudulent claim for payment. There also are SEC Whistleblower protections for people reporting securities fraud, and IRS whistleblower laws for claims involving tax fraud.
Dee, who credits his success to his faith, stated in the magazine that his daily goal is “to serve the Lord by giving generous love” to his family and “hard work” to his clients, in that order. Dee says while “life is a constant balancing act, “if we know the priorities of the Lord first, then our families and our work third, we can achieve anything in life we seek.” Dee is a tremendous lawyer, a dedicated leader of the lawyers and support personnel in his Section and, more importantly, a good man. We are blessed to have him in the firm in an important leadership position.
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