Miss. high court orders new trial in asbestos case

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Miss. high court orders new trial in asbestos case


CBS News

June 8, 2012

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial in a workplace asbestos exposure case in which a Jones County man was awarded $15.2 million.

However, the Supreme Court did not rule on the jury verdict. Instead, the justices found that the trial judge erred in allowing Troy Lofton’s attorney to read from drilling records that were not admitted into evidence during the cross-examination of ConocoPhillips’ medical expert.

In 2010, a Jones County jury ruled for Lofton in his lawsuit against CPChem, a joint venture between ConocoPhillips and Chevron Corp. CPChem appealed the verdict.

Lofton claimed CPChem knowingly shipped a product containing inhalable asbestos for 20 years that was used in the oil and gas well drilling industry. Lofton claimed that as a result of that exposure he has had to remain on oxygen 24 hours a day.

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