Jury awards $200 million in punitive damages in asbestos case
Monday, May 3, 2010
The Recorder: A jury in Los Angeles awarded $8.8 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages to a former employee of the city’s water department whose wife is dying of mesothelioma. Plaintiffs attorneys argued Rhoda Evans‘ illness was the result of washing her husband’s work clothes after he cut asbestos cement water pipe. Kate Moser reports the judge in the case may reduce the punitive damages award, which would be nearly four times larger than any punitive award ever upheld in California.