While Beasley Allen shareholder W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III, head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud section, acknowledges that some people will always find a way to cheat, he is determined that they will not get away with it. 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 a recent feature interview in Super Lawyers magazine, Dee says, “We come in and make sure that the cheaters are taken care of and whatever it is they’re doing is stopped.”
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 Miles is representing eight states in this litigation.
He 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 MDL Litigation 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, also is 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 credits his success to his faith: “My daily goal is to serve the Lord by giving generous love to my family and hard work to our clients, in that order. Life is a constant balancing act, but if we know the priorities of the Lord first, then our families and our work third, we can achieve anything in life we seek.”
Read the Super Lawyers magazine article.