A Mississippi judge has overturned a $322 million verdict in an asbestos case against Dow Chemical Co.’s Union Carbide unit and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.

The companies appealed the jury decision to the state Supreme Court, arguing Smith County Circuit Judge Eddie Bowen had a conflict of interest because his parents had filed asbestos claims, including one against Union Carbide.

The state’s high court removed Bowen from the case last year. His replacement, Special Judge William F. Coleman, overturned the decision and stated the companies’ request to remove Bowen and contest the verdict were “well taken and should be granted.”

The settlement, which was granted on May 4, 2011, was the largest ever made to a single asbestos case plaintiff and the ninth-largest overall in the U.S. for the year.

Asbestos is a hazardous mineral that is known to lead to several illnesses when its fibers are inhaled, including asbestosis and the deadly mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavity and affects roughly 3,500 new patients per year in the United States alone. It is extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat because it can take up to 50 years for the cancer to develop. Even when it does, symptoms can be so mild that many patients never seek the medical help they need.

Although mesothelioma can be treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, there is currently no cure for it. However, mesothelioma victims are entitled to seek legal help for their pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one are struggling with mesothelioma or lost someone you love to the asbestos-related cancer, turn to a leading mesothelioma lawyer for help right away. You may be entitled to thousands or even millions of dollars in money damages and medical care, and your mesothelioma attorney will stop at nothing to ensure you obtain the full spectrum of benefits you deserve.

Mesothelioma lawyers fight for your rights and make sure those responsible for your or your loved one’s disease are held accountable for their actions. Contact the office of a top team of mesothelioma attorneys today to file a claim.