Closing arguments began yesterday in Harrison County Circuit Court in the trial of the class action against DuPont and other defendants, which seeks compensatory damages for medical monitoring and property damage claims, and punitive damages.  Here are articles on the trial from Business Week‘s website and the Associated Press.

    The closing arguments represent the conclusion of the first phase of the trial, which addresses the liability of the defendants.  If the jury determines that the defendants are liable, then the jury will determine whether to award damages for medical monitoring, and if so, how much.  In the third phase, the jury will determine whether to award property damages, and in the fourth phase, the jury will determine whether to award punitive damages.