Miss. High Court Upsets Worker's $8M Win In Silica Case

Law360, New York (July 19, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $7.6 million verdict for a shipbuilder who alleged his lung cancer and silicosis were caused by Mississippi Valley Silica Co., and ordered a new trial in the case, saying the jury had been improperly instructed.

Robert Eastman claimed MVS — the company that supplied sand to his employer, Marathon LeTourneau — failed to warn him of the dangers posed by sandblasting.

He sued MVS under Mississippi’s product liability statute, alleging that MVS’ product was defective for failure to...
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