THE ASBESTOS COMPANIES OF THE WORLD THANK YOU, MA'AM . . . In an amazing story, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Paul Hampel, came across a juror after last week's asbestos trial in Madison County, Illinois, celebrating with the defense team who'd held the verdict to an amount much less than had been requested by the plaintiff, who was dying of mesothelioma.
In the reporter's presence, the juror lifted a glass and toasted the defense attorney. "This man is awesome," Hampel quoted her as saying. The woman said that before the trial, she'd known "all about the bad reputation" of Madison County and was "tired of people saying we're the lawsuit capital of the United States." That's why she helped convince the other jurors not to award as much as they'd wanted to award.
Wow. That's a woman with some strong opinions. I wonder if she thought to share them during jury selection. I bet we'll find out soon enough.
Hampel's article is here.