Jury In Retrial Of Asbestos Case That Netted $322M Verdict Finds For Defense

RALEIGH, Miss. - A Mississippi judge on April 25 entered judgment on a defense verdict after a retrial in an asbestos case in which the plaintiffs initially netted a $322 million verdict (Thomas Brown Jr. v. Phillips 66, et al., No. 2006-196, Miss. Cir., Smith Co.). Subscribers may view the judgment...

7th Circuit Finds State Department Did Not Retaliate For Health Complaints

CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 23 affirmed an Illinois federal court's decision to grant summary judgment in favor of a state department, finding that a former employee failed to show that he was retaliated against for complaining about mold, water leaks and other conditions...

7th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Postal Worker's Mold-Related Exposure Claims

CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 26 affirmed a federal district court's decision granting summary judgment in favor of the postmaster general of the U.S. Postal Service, finding that an employee failed to prove that he was retaliated and discriminated against in relation...

Court Affirms Dismissal Of Claims Alleging Mycotoxin Poisoning Against County

JACKSON, Tenn. - After finding that claims asserted by the daughters of a school custodian who alleged that mold exposure caused their mother's death were barred by the exclusive remedy provision of workers' compensation law, a Tennessee appeals court on Feb. 13 affirmed dismissal of their complaint...

Texas Court Finds Teacher Failed To Show She Was Fired For Mold Complaints

HOUSTON - A Texas appeals court on July 16 affirmed a trial court's decision in favor of a school district in a suit filed by a former teacher who alleged that her job was terminated after she complained about mold, finding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to submit certain...

Pa. Top Court: Workers' Comp Exclusivity Doesn't Apply In Latent Disease Cases

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The exclusivity provision in Pennsylvania's workers' compensation act does not bar a tort action when the injury arises outside the act's 300-week limit for compensation, the state Supreme Court held Nov. 22 in a 5-1 opinion reinstating two asbestos actions (Kathleen Tooey...

N.C. Court Affirms Admission Of Experts Testifying On Their Area Of Expertise

RALEIGH, N.C. - A workers' compensation commission properly admitted the testimony of a veterinarian on the issue of animal studies in an asbestos-related esophageal cancer case, the North Carolina Court of Appeals held Dec. 3 (Paulette Smith Wise, executor of the estate of Harvey Smith v. Alcoa...