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Supreme Court reprimands, fines judge

SMITH COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand and fine for a judge who was accused of failing to disclose a potential conflict in a Smith County asbestos case that resulted in a $322 million verdict. In May 2011, attorneys for Union Carbide Corporation said Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen neglected to notify defense lawyers that ...

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Discovery of asbestos shuts down plant demolition

WEST POINT — Demolition work at the old Sara Lee plant in West Point has stopped after crews discovered asbestos. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is going to take a look at the plant and run a series of tests before work can resume on removing the old buildings. The city of West Point ...

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Part of Horn Island closed after materials test positive for mustrad gas

GULF OF MEXICO — The Gulf Islands National Seashore has closed about 30 acres of Horn Island to the public indefinitely after BP cleanup workers discovered tiles containing asbestos. GINS superintendent Dan Brown says one of 12 areas tested at that site also came back positive for mustard gas. Brown says the hazardous materials are on the northwestern shore in ...

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Federal appeals panel upholds fraud verdict againt two lawyers

MCCOMB — A federal appeals court panel has upheld a $420,000 verdict against two Mississippi lawyers accused of committing fraud during an asbestos lawsuit they filed in 2001. McComb attorneys William Guy and Thomas Brock sued Illinois Central Railroad Company on behalf of former employees who claimed asbestos made them sick. The railroad company later sued Guy and Brock, claiming ...

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Lawyers appeal fraud verdict in asbestos lawsuit

HOUSTON, Texas — Two Mississippi plaintiffs lawyers, including a former state lawmaker, have appealed a verdict that they committed fraud during an asbestos lawsuit they filed in 2001. A federal jury in Mississippi decided in 2010 that the lawyers should pay Illinois Central Railroad Company $420,000 in damages. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments in ...

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Judge tosses historic $322M asbestos verdict

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 ...

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Supreme Court calls halt to asbestos case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has halted all proceedings in an asbestos case until it determines whether the trial judge should have stepped down. The case resulted in a $322-million verdict. In an order signed July 12, Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. granted a petition filed by Union Carbide for a review of whether Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen ...

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Jury rules in favor of railroad

NATCHEZ — A federal jury in Natchez found that Mississippi plaintiffs’ attorneys William Guy and Thomas Brock committed fraud and breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing in asbestos claims they filed against Illinois Central Railroad, according to the railroad. The plaintiffs’ lawyers filed lawsuits on behalf of two individuals who had already received compensation for asbestos-related injuries ...

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