(Last entry: Mar. 2.)
On March 4, a moving van operated by Ed the Mover pulled up to a Pascagoula strip mall and, empowered by a court order, hauled away the contents of 80 file cabinets from the office of N&M Inc., said Jackson, Miss., lawyer Daniel Mulholland.N&M's 80 file cabinets represent 1.5 million pages of files of the pre-eminent "screener" for silicosis. A sanctions hearing is being held in Corpus Christi today to determine whether plaintiffs' attorneys will be required to pay for the audit, which came about after doctors recanted earlier diagnoses arrived at with cursory review. (Eddie Curran, "Doctor's testimony ignites legal storm", Mobile Register, Mar. 13 (via Bashman); Jerry Mitchell, "Silicosis screening process irks judge", Clarion-Ledger, Mar. 6; Neal Falgoust, "Lawyer to release silicosis suit files", Corpus-Christi Caller-Times, Mar. 4; Neal Falgoust, "Judge orders screener to appear today", Corpus-Christi Caller-Times, Mar. 3; motion for sanctions; Plaintiffs' opposition to sanctions).
"Ed's got a big ZZ Top beard," Mulholland said. "If you ask him what his last name is, he says, 'The Mover.'"
It was a day that N&M co-owner Heath Mason of Grand Bay and some of the country's leading asbestos plaintiffs' lawyers had been trying to prevent for more than a year.