The Baron Budd asbestos memo is a memo in asbestos litigation where it is alleged a prominent plaintiffs firm engaged in subornation of perjury and a cover up. The defendants later distributed the memo, which led to extended discovery disputes in multiple asbestos cases filed by Baron & Budd. This document is a guide that attorneys at the law firm Baron & Budd give to class action plaintiffs in asbestos lawsuits. Source: Trial Exhibit.

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The “Terrell memo,” as it is also known in honor of the paralegal who is said to have written it, has been a standard and controversial document in asbestos litigation circles for at least a decade.

The memo is also part of a current Texas civil lawsuit by Dallas journalist Christine Biederman. She has appealed that case backed by First Amendment attorney Paul Watler, one of the best-known media attorneys in Texas. The rule was adopted in order to create and enforce a presumption of openness in Texas courts, the notion that the public has a right to know what goes on in the disputes that play out in our publicly funded court system.


The deposition was improperly and illegally sealed almost 20 years ago. We tried to get it unsealed. Both sides are requesting oral arguments and attorneys familiar with the Lone Star State courts say that, if the court grants those requests the arguments might be expected in March.

Baron & Budd asbestos memo

I hope to have a front seat for what amounts to an epic legal rodeo. That group positioned both the memo and lawsuit as important milestones. The memo is even quoted prominently in the Paul Johnson documentary UnSettled: Inside the Strange World of Asbestos Lawsuits.

Apparently, none of these facts or meom was enough for Wikipedia, as the famous memo mysteriously disappeared back in September. He likened it to creating a Wiki page about a single foul in an unimportant basketball game. Yet, a glance at the page history indicates at least two attempts to replace the page, both blocked by the same participant and it is truly suspicious that a lack of other references is mentioned—the memo may only be famous in legal circles, but it gets referenced plenty.


Baron & Budd asbestos memo

The mystery of the missing memo is only the latest hijinks as asbestos issues are about to be spotlighted, yet again, in Texas courts. We encourage the courts and Asbesttos alike to adopt a transparent and open source method when dealing with history, and when unlocking the occasional mystery.

Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. In a statement about her appeal provided for this article, Biederman explains that: This post was published on the now-closed Baroj Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.