Judge had 'blatant' conflict on $322M asbestos case, company says

John O'Brien May 23, 2011, 10:55am


RALEIGH, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Union Carbide says the judge on a record-breaking asbestos lawsuit excused jurors with family ties to asbestos suits but did not reveal his own.

Union Carbide has requested a $322 million verdict -- the largest in America's asbestos litigation history -- be vacated and Smith County, Miss., Judge Eddie Bowen recuse himself from the case. Last week, attorneys for the company discovered that Bowen's father filed two asbestos lawsuits in state courts in 1989 and 1992.

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