The case was Brown v. Union Carbide and Connoco Phillips. Drilling mud is used on oil rigs to push down the drill pipe and force oil to the surface. The plaintiff was a 48–year old who was diagnosed with asbestosis and requires oxygen 24/7.
The jury apportioned fault at 50% per defendant—there were two defendants.
The defendants were CP Chem and Union Carbide. CP Chem was represented by Alex Coscullela of Adams and Reese in Houston, Jeff Trotter with Adams and Reese in Jackson, Robert Johnson of Natchez and David Garner of Raleigh.
Union Carbide was represented by Michael Terry with Hartline Dacus in Corpus Christi and Marcy Croft with Forman Perry in Jackson.
Defense lawyers from other firms complained to me about the comment in my last post about large defense firms not letting young partners first chair big trials. They are trying to spin it as an insult of Ms. Croft. My comment was on the how the system usually works, not Ms. Croft’s legal abilities. I do not know Ms. Croft, but she has a reputation in the Jackson legal community as a good and serious lawyer.
Plaintiff’s counsel represents 600 plaintiffs on other similar cases pending in Mississippi.
There is also a rumor that plaintiff’s counsel went in Char in Jackson last night, had the band play Queen’s “We are the Champions” and ran around the place "taking a victory lap" giving everyone high fives. Really?