Ala. judge upholds $192M verdict in property suit

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge in Mobile has upheld a $192 million
jury verdict for a chemical expert who claims his idea for
recycling certain hazardous wastes was stolen by an international
manufacturer.

Mobile County Circuit Judge Robert Smith upheld the verdict,
which came in October against Ineos Americas LLC and Germany-based Ineos Phenol for $192 million in compensatory damages.

Company attorneys did not immediately return phone and e-mail
messages Wednesday for comment on a possible appeal.

The suit was filed in 2006 by retired Degussa president Sven
Peter Mannsfeld.

He claims Ineos profited by patenting his idea for a process
that recycles hazardous waste into building products in the
manufacture of tires and other items.

The jury award was pegged to that estimated profit and savings
on hazardous waste disposal.


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