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Byline: Ken Ward Jr.
Nov. 6--This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a West Virginia case that is being touted as proof the state needs to change the way it handles asbestos lawsuits.
Justices will hear Norfolk & Western Railway Co.'s appeal of a $4.9 million verdict against the company.
Six former workers sued the railroad company, alleging they had been exposed to asbestos. The workers alleged they had contracted asbestosis, and sought damages for their concern that they would contract cancer sometime in the future.
The jury found that Norfolk & Western did not properly warn the workers of the dangers of asbestos.
The jury awarded the workers $5.9 million, which the trial judge reduced to $4.8 million.
West Virginia's Supreme …