Conoco Phillips appeals worker’s $15.2M verdict

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Conoco Phillips appeals worker’s $15.2M verdict



JACKSON, Miss.— A Jones County man waited too long to file a lawsuit over exposure his exposure to workplace asbestos, attorneys told the Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday.

The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments from Conoco Phillips Corp., which has appealed a $15.2 million jury award to an oil well drilling worker who alleged he got lung disease from exposure to asbestos.

J. Jeffrey Trotter of Ridgeland, an attorney representing Conoco Phillips, told the court that Troy Lofton waited for nearly a decade to file his lawsuit. Trotter said Lofton was diagnosed with a lung ailment as early as 1993. The three-year statute of limitations began counting down in 1993, Trotter said, when Lofton discovered he had an injury — not 10 years later when he learned what caused the ailment.

Trotter said Lofton sued only after he was told that his ailment was related to exposure to asbestos.

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