Judge tosses historic $322M asbestos verdict
Published: January 4,2012
SMITH COUNTY — A Mississippi judge has thrown out a $322-million lawsuit verdict that had been hailed as the largest asbestos award for a single plaintiff in U.S. history.
The case began to unravel for the plaintiff after defense lawyers asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove the original judge because he allegedly neglected to disclose his parents were involved in similar asbestos litigation.
The case from Smith County involved a lawsuit filed by Thomas Brown, who claimed he inhaled asbestos dust while mixing drilling mud used in oil and gas exploration and manufactured by Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and Union Carbide.
The Mississippi Supreme Court granted Union Carbide’s request to remove Judge Eddie Bowen. Special Judge William Coleman vacated the verdict and award in a Dec. 27 ruling.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- White House hotel making comeback in Biloxi
- McCarthy hired as CFO of Mississippi Development Authority
- Guns OK inside Mississippi polling places, attorney general says
- State GOP chairman calls on McDaniel to hurry with challenge
- Fair cabins becoming more valuable, sources say
- MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Tyler Raborn finds success and fulfillment with Raborn Media
- Three indicted, alleged to have embezzled from agency
- Cal-Maine strikes joint venture deal with Arizona company
- Under state probe, All American Check Cashing gets ‘F’ rating from Better Business Bureau