US man awarded $300m asbestos payout

AN American jury has awarded $US322 million ($304 million) to a Mississippi man who sued Chevron Phillips Chemical and Union Carbide, claiming he inhaled asbestos dust while mixing drilling mud sold and manufactured by the companies.

Allen Hossley, a Dallas lawyer who represented Thomas C Brown of Brookhaven, said today he believes it's the largest single plaintiff's asbestos verdict in the US.

The verdict was handed down on Wednesday in Smith County Circuit Court.

Mr Hossley says Mr Brown mixed asbestos drilling additive in oilfields from 1979 to the mid-80s and now has a lung condition.

The suit claims the companies defectively designed the product and failed to provide adequate warnings to workers.

Lawyer Alex Cosculluela of Houston says CP Chem will appeal. A lawyer for Union Carbide couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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