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Miss. judge tosses $322M asbestos lawsuit verdict

Miss. judge tosses $322M asbestos verdict, called biggest for single plaintiff in US history By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ' 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 unraveling 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 in Smith County, Miss., involved a lawsuit filed by Thomas Brown. He claimed he inhaled asbestos dust while mixing drilling mud used in oil and gas exploration manufactured by Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and Union Carbide.

The Mississippi Supreme Court granted Union Carbide's request to remove Judge Eddie Bowen. The new judge, William Coleman, vacated the verdict and award in a Dec. 27 ruling recently made public.

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