The Legend of Richard Scruggs: More Myth Than Fact?

Ten years after the tobacco settlement, Richard Scruggs has a string of spectacular failures to his name -- and an indictment

, The American Lawyer

The legend of Richard Scruggs, as commonly told, generally omits a key fact: Scruggs' reputation as a giant killer of the plaintiffs bar is outdated. Even before his indictment for allegedly trying to bribe a judge, his career was in decline. In the 10 years since a $248 billion settlement with tobacco companies, Scruggs has taken on a series of quixotic cases. These matters were much ballyhooed, but in the end they shared two things: big enemies and bad results.