JACKSON, Miss. - The "frequency, regularity, and proximity" standard is a limited, de minimis rule properly applied only at the summary judgment or directed verdict stage, a divided Mississippi Supreme Court held Dec. 12 in reversing judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV) in an asbestos case (Elsie Smith, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., Montello Inc., and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., No. 2010-CA-455-SCT, Miss. Sup.; 2013 Miss. LEXIS 642).