HarrisMartin is reporting that last week a Claiborne County jury rendered a defense verdict in favor of Empire Abrasive Equipment Corp. in a silica trial. According to the portion of the article that I have access to:

A jury in Claiborne County, Miss., has found for the sole trial defendant in the latest silica injury trial, apportioning any liability equally between the plaintiff and "Unnamed Parties," HarrisMartin is reporting.

In the first case against Empire Abrasive Equipment Corp. to go to trial, jurors found that its "ricochet" protective hood played no role in injuries to a former sandblaster.

I will report more information on this verdict if it becomes available.

In other news, the Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for 1:30 p.m. this afternoon in the 2010 Jones County asbestos drilling mud case that resulted in a $15 million jury verdict. The arguments can be viewed live via web cast here at the Supreme Court’s website.