Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Court Affirms Asbestos Drilling Mud Verdict, Orders New Trial On Punitives

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Court Affirms Asbestos Drilling Mud Verdict, Orders New Trial On Punitives

JACKSON, Miss. - Sufficient evidence supports the compensatory portion of a jury's asbestos verdict on failure-to-warn claims involving drilling mud, but the trial judge's questioning of the jury requires a new trial on the issue of punitive damages, a divided Mississippi Supreme Court held June 5 (Union Carbide Corp. v. Russell E. Nix Jr., as executor of the estate of Russell E. Nix Sr., No. 2012-CA-01389-SCT, Miss. Sup.; 2014 Miss. LEXIS 271).

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