But the legend of Dickie Scruggs, as commonly told, generally omits a key fact. Scruggs’s reputation as a giant killer of the plaintiffs bar is outdated. Even before the indictment his career was in decline [see “High-Wire Act”]. In the ten years since the tobacco settlement, Scruggs has taken on a series of quixotic cases. These matters were much ballyhooed in the press, but in the end they shared two things: big enemies and bad results. The only major success he’s seen in the last decade hasn’t been for the underdog plaintiffs that he champions, but for a big corporation that he defended in a product liability case.