Now a judge, then an associate. A twisted asbestos litigation story from Texas. "Associate "Deliberately Lied" to Clients, Jury Finds, Awards $129,000 in Damages "
"In a surprising verdict, a jury in a Dallas federal court found that a former associate with Baron & Budd "deliberately lied" to three clients, awarding them $129,000 in damages on Feb. 8.
The case was unusual because the three plaintiffs in Jacobs, et al. v William K. Tapscott Jr., et al. still are current Baron & Budd asbestos clients. Former associate Ken Tapscott recently left Baron & Budd after he was elected judge of Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 4.
As U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater read the jury’s verdict in the case on Thursday evening, Tapscott laughed incredulously and shook his head. The jury found that Tapscott breached his fiduciary duty when he lied to his clients by telling them that all of the asbestos defendants they sued in 1997 had agreed to settle their case when in fact one defendant had not settled. "