Jury Hands Down $18 Million Mesothelioma Verdict

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A jury in Little Rock, Arkansas has handed down an $18 million verdict for the son of a mechanic who died of malignant mesothelioma after exposure to automotive brakes. The mesothelioma lawsuit accused both Honeywell International and Ford Motor Company of responsibility for Michael Lyn Thomas’ father’s death: during the time that the jury was out Mr. Thomas had agreed to a settlement with Honeywell. The amount of the settlement remains undisclosed.

The mesothelioma lawsuit had taken 24 days, during which time the jury in the federal case heard testimony about Bendix Corporation, which later became Honeywell, as well as Ford Motor Company’s knowledge of the dangers of asbestos that contaminated their products.  Despite the massive volume of evidence covered during the trial, the jury made its decision in less than a day.

Honeywell Claims That Mesothelioma Was Not Their Fault

A spokesperson for Honeywell indicated that the company was disappointed in the Little Rock jury’s massive verdict, maintaining that they were not responsible for Ronald Burlie Thomas’ mesothelioma. She did not reveal the details of the settlement, which was reached right before the jury made its decision.

Mr. Thomas’ mesothelioma death came when he was just 72 years old, after having worked at two different auto repair facilities during the 1970s and 1980s. His exposure to asbestos was specifically attributed to having done brake repairs and working with asbestos-contaminated parts.

The jury’s decision indicated that they did not believe that Ford was responsible for his asbestos exposure, and that Honeywell was 18.75 percent responsible for his illness and death. The $18 million was broken up into $5.55 million for Mr. Thomas’ pain and suffering, $1 million for the mental anguish suffered by each of his children, and $10 million in punitive damages.

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