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Forman Perry wins 'take-nothing' verdict

PORT GIBSON — The Jackson-based civil trial law firm of Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP, is announcing a take-nothing defense verdict handed down in a silicosis lawsuit on behalf of three separate companies, despite the plaintiff’s attorney asking for an award of $4.5 million.

Attorneys from Forman Perry successfully represented Washington, Mo.-based Clemco Industries Corp., a manufacturer of air-powered blast cleaning equipment, and Little Rock, Ark.-based Precision Packaging, a packaging services company. The Claiborne County Circuit Court jury also awarded no damages against Lone Star Industries Inc., a former supplier of blasting sand.

Plaintiff Eugene Westrope, 73, of Hazelhurst filed suit against 18 different companies in March 2007 based on claims that he contracted the lung disease silicosis after using or working around the companies’ products from 1964 through 1995. Westrope settled or otherwise resolved his claims against 15 other defendants before trial.

On May 21, Forman Perry said jurors issued the take-nothing verdict in favor of Clemco, Precision and Lone Star after finding that none of the companies were responsible for Westrope’s injuries.

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