Union Carbide Corporation v. NixAnnotate this Case
After receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma, Russell Nix filed suit against Union Carbide based on his exposure to its asbestos products. A jury returned a verdict for Nix on his inadequate warning claim, awarded Nix $250,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. The trial court then awarded Nix nearly $500,000 in attorney’s fees and costs. Union Carbide appealed. Upon review of the trial court record, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the jury’s award of compensatory damages, reversed the jury’s award of punitive damages, vacated the award of attorney’s fees, and remanded the case for a new trial on punitive damages.