The Mississippi Supreme Court has disqualified the trial judge who presided over a $322-million jury verdict in asbestos exposure litigation, finding that his impartiality was in question due to the asbestos-related claims of his father and mother. Union Carbide Corp. v. Brown, No. 2011-M-00874 (Miss., decided October 6, 2011). The court observed, among other matters, that the judge was reluctant to provide information about his father’s claim and that both of the judge’s parents had settled asbestos claims with the defendant. According to the court, “we find that a reasonable person, knowing all of the circumstances, would harbor doubts about Judge Bowen’s impartiality in this particular case.” Further proceedings are on hold until another judge is assigned to the matter.