A Seattle judge’s allegations that an attorney with Waters & Kraus in Dallas may have eavesdropped on jury deliberations in an asbestos suit have blocked the firm from practicing in that judge’s court and could affect the firm’s efforts to practice elsewhere.

About two weeks ago, a defendant in a separate asbestos case pending in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 42, called the California court’s attention to the concerns that Superior Court Judge Sharon S. Armstrong, chief asbestos judge in King County, Wash., had raised about the alleged actions of Scott L. Frost, of counsel at Waters & Kraus in Dallas, and Mark H. Iola, a partner in Dallas’ Stanley, Mandel & Iola in Lott v. Saberhagen, et al.