Judge cuts Tyson damages in Gadsden race bias case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has struck down a million dollars in punitive damages that Tyson Foods had been ordered to pay a Gadsden man in a racial bias case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Armstrong Junior ruled that John Hithon was entitled to about 364,000 dollars in damages from Arkansas-based Tyson, but not an additional million dollars in punitive damages a jury ordered last year.

Hithon's attorney, Alicia Haynes, said Wednesday they are confident the verdict will be reinstated on appeal.

She said the case has been pending for 12 years, with juries in two trials in Birmingham federal court finding that punitive damages were warranted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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