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Mississippi Circuit Court Awards $322 Million In Asbestos Case

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The lawsuit filed against Chevron Phillips Chemical and Union Carbide Corporation by Thomas “Tony” Brown of Brookhaven, Mississippi claimed that drilling mud sold by CP and Union Carbide contained asbestos,was marketed long after the companies knew of the dangers of asbestos, and that the companies failed to adequately warn of those dangers.

Brown worked as a roughneck, mixing drilling mud on rigs in Mississippi and in the Gulf of Mexico. His attorney said that  “Brown inhaled asbestos dust while mixing drilling mud sold by CP Chem and manufactured by Union Carbide.  Although the asbestos was known to cause cancer and lung disease, CP Chem and Union Carbide continued to market these almost 100% pure asbestos products long after they knew the dangers.”

Under Mississippi law, the defendants were required to warn oil-field workers about the dangers of the asbestos products they worked with. However, the defendants claimed that because Brown could not read, he wasn’t protected by the statute.

Brown, aged 48, has been diagnosed with asbestosis,  and is on round the clock oxygen. Asbestosis is a debilitating lung disease and causes scarring in the lungs and shortness of breath.

One of Brown’s attorneys in the lawsuit said “The jury’s verdict made it clear that the people of Mississippi think that everyone, including the young men entering the work force that can’t read, deserve equal protection under Mississippi law,”
 disclaimer: This article: Mississippi Circuit Court Awards $322 Million In Asbestos Case was posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 7:30 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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