May 1, 2012

Case that generated $300 million punitive damages verdict ends with defense verdict

We previously reported on a Mississippi asbestos case (Brown v. Phillips 66, et al., Miss. Cir. Ct., Smith Cty) in which a jury awarded $300 million in punitive damages.  That award was apparently the largest verdict in U.S. history for a single plaintiff in an asbestos case, but it didn't last long.  A new trial was ordered because of the trial judge's failure to disclose that his parents had been involved in a lawsuit against the defendant.  BusinessWeek reports that the retrial has ended in a defense verdict.

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