3M Company v. Johnson
- Case Date: 2/6/2004
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On January 20, 2005, the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned a record $150 million asbestos product liability judgment awarded to six men, none of whom was injured. The decision was a victory for WLF, which had filed a brief arguing that the award was a textbook example of the tort system run amok, with damages being freely awarded even in the absence of evidence of exposure to asbestos or negligence on the part of the defendants, proof that any alleged negligence caused the plaintiffs' alleged injuries, or proof that the plaintiffs suffered damages. The trial court agreed with WLF that none of the plaintiffs demonstrated that he had suffered any injury resulting from his use of the defendant's products. The court was particularly critical of the trial court's decision to consolidate numerous claims against numerous defendants into a single trial; the court agreed with WLF that the consolidation deprived defendants of their rights to have defenses adjudged on an individual basis.
More Information and Downloads:
2/10/2004: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Overturns Record Asbestos Liability Award
Press Release: Court Urged To Overturn Record Asbestos Liability Award