A California state jury has reportedly awarded compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $200 million to Bobby and Rhoda Evans for the mesothelioma that Rhoda allegedly contracted from washing her husband’s work clothes; he was allegedly exposed to asbestos on the job for some 24 years. Evans v. A.W. Chesterton Co., No. BC 418867 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles County, Central Dist., verdict reached April 28, 2010). Bobby apparently worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and testified that he routinely cut pipe containing asbestos with an abrasive power saw. A spokesperson for the company that purportedly manufactured the pipe indicated that it would “fully and vigorously” contest the verdict, characterizing the award as “grossly excessive.” See Product Liability Law 360, April 30, 2010.
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California jury awards millions for secondhand exposure to asbestos
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