The Associated Press reports that the asbestos attorney representing Thomas C. Brown said that he believes it is the largest asbestos verdict in US history.
According to the news source, the verdict was handed down recently in Smith County Circuit Court.
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According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, asbestosis is characterized by chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing.
The news source reports that the companies plan to appeal the verdict.
"The credible medical evidence introduced at trial clearly demonstrates that, while Mr. Brown suffers from shortness of breath, such condition is not attributable to asbestos exposure," read a statement to the news source from Union Carbide.