Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Good guys win! 11-Person Jury Orders ExxonMobile to Pay $5 Million in Asbestos Case

An 11-person Baton Rouge jury ordered ExxonMobile to pay $5 million to the widow of a contract worker who died from mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos in the 1960s. Plaintiff attorney Lewis Unglesby said the company protected its own employees from asbestos exposure but did not do the same for contract workers. During recent weeks an issue erupted over whether the case should proceed with only 11 jurors after one juror became ill and there were no provisions for an alternate. ExxonMobile moved for mistrial. A district court judge ruled that the case should proceed. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled for ExxonMobil. One day later the state Supreme Court reversed the 1st Circuit ruling and the trial resumed. Adrian Angelette, The Advocate 06/27/2006 Read Article: The Advocate

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