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Furniture Maker: No Intent To Hurt Workers

Franklin Corp. seeks to overturn a multimillion-dollar verdict on grounds that it didn't intend to harm four workers when the company started using a new glue.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Franklin Corporation has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn a multimillion-dollar verdict on grounds that the furniture manufacturer did not intend for harm to come to four workers when the company started using a new glue.

The verdict came in 2007.

Lawyers for the workers argued to the state Supreme Court on Monday that the company had been warned of the health dangers of the new glue and of the dangers of failing to provide adequate ventilation at its plant in Houston, Mississippi.

The four worked at Franklin Corporation for varying lengths of time between 1999 and 2004.

Franklin Corporation is one of the largest privately owned furniture manufacturers in the United States with about 1,200 workers.

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