Union Carbide Seeks Toss Of $322M Asbestos Verdict

Law360, New York (May 18, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT) -- Union Carbide Corp. asked a Mississippi state court Monday to discard a record-breaking $322 million asbestos jury verdict against the company and Chevron Phillips Chemical, claiming the judge overseeing the suit should have stepped aside because of a "blatant conflict of interest."

A May 4 jury verdict called for Union Carbide and CP Chem to pay $300 million in punitive damages and $22 million in compensatory damages to 48-year-old plaintiff Thomas Brown. One of Brown's attorneys, Allen Hossley of HossleyEmbry, called it the largest single-plaintiff asbestos...
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