New Trial Ordered in Asbestos Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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 it 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 Conoco Phillips Corp.'s medical expert.

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

Lofton claimed CP Chem knowingly shipped a product containing asbestos for 20 years that was used in the oil and gas well drilling industry.

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