Federal jury: Mississippi lawyers committed fraud in asbestos case

A federal jury says two Mississippi lawyers committed fraud during asbestos litigation and they should pay Illinois Central Railroad Company $430,000 in damages.

Illinois Central claimed William Guy and Thomas Brock knew their clients lied about being involved in earlier litigation when questioned during the railroad lawsuit filed in 2001.

Court records said Illinois Central settled with plaintiffs Warren Turner Jr. for $120,000 in 2002 and Willie Harried for $90,000 in 2003.

Illinois Central sued Harried and Turner in U.S. District Court in Natchez for alleged fraud and eventually accused the lawyers of it, too.