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PROMINENT ATTORNEY JOINS TIDE’S APPEAL

Feb 19, 2002

from the Montgomery Advertiser Digital Edition

MOBILE – A lawyer known for getting a record $3.5 billion in a case against Exxon Mobil last year will help represent the University of Alabama in its appeal to the NCAA.

Robert Cunningham Jr. told the Mobile Register on Monday the NCAA’s punishments against Alabama were exceedingly harsh, and at the least they should be toned down.

Cunningham, a senior partner at the Mobile law firm of Cunningham, Bounds, Yance, Crowder and Brown, said his firm insists on representing the university for free.

The Crimson Tide was hit with a two-year playoff ban and scholarship losses by the NCAA on Feb. 1. The school was held responsible for boosters who were accused of giving high school players money to attend college at Alabama.

Cunningham won a $3.5 billion judgment for Alabama in a case against Exxon Mobil last year. The state charges the company underpaid royalties from offshore gas leases.

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