Appeals Court upholds verdict in Miss. fraud suit

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Pres

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld a $420,000 verdict against two Mississippi lawyers accused of committing fraud during an asbestos lawsuit they filed in 2001.

McComb attorneys William Guy and Thomas Brock sued Illinois Central Railroad Company on behalf of former employees who claimed asbestos made them sick. The railroad company later sued Guy and Brock, claiming the lawyers knew some of their clients lied about being involved in an earlier asbestos case.

A federal jury ruled in 2010 for the railroad. The lawyers appealed.

A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel voted 2-1 on Tuesday in favor of the company.

Guy served in the state Legislature in the late 1960s and 1970s and ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor as a Democrat in 1995.