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...

Maine Court Reverses Interest Ruling In Asbestos Suit, Affirms Offset Rulings

PORTLAND, Maine - An employer does not owe interest on a payment for failing to properly respond to an employee's claim and may use the payment as an offset against an award for asbestos-related lung disease, but it may not receive an offset for the widow's death benefits, the Maine Supreme Judicial...

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...

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...