On Thursday a unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court reversed and remanded a 2010 Jones County jury verdict of $15.2 million in an asbestos drilling mud case. Here is the Court’s opinion in Phillips 66 Co. v. Lofton. I previously wrote about the verdict here and here.

The big appeal issue was statute of limitations.

As widely reported, the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered Judge Eddie Bowen to recuse himself in the Smith County asbestos drilling mud case that was tried to a $322 million verdict in May. In June the defendant Union Carbide moved for Judge Bowen’s recusal in the case because his father sued Union Carbide 20 years ago

I previously discussed Union Carbide’s Motion to Recuse Judge Bowen from hearing further proceedings in the Smith County asbestos drilling mud case that resulted in a $322 million verdict. In July, the Mississippi Supreme Court stayed proceedings in the case pending its decision on the recusal issue.

Here is the plaintiff’s response brief filed

Union Carbide wants Smith County Circuit Judge Eddie Bowen to recuse himself from hearing further proceedings in the inexplicably massive asbestos verdict rendered last month. Here is Union Carbide’s motion.

Union Carbide points to the fact that Judge Bowen’s father settled an asbestos case with Union Carbide 20 years ago. Union Carbide figured this out after the trial