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ARTICLE ID 194440

$________ – Product Liability – Asbestos – Woman sues for asbestos exposure through her husband's laundry – Mesothelioma

Supreme Court of New York, Schenectady County

The plaintiff, in this case, was a woman with mesothelioma who asserted her cancer was the result of asbestos brought home on her husband’s clothes. The matter was resolved by a Schenectady County jury in the plaintiff’s favor.

From ________-________, the husband of plaintiff, Sylvia D., worked as an auto mechanic at a Ford dealership. During that period, the plaintiff’s husband was exposed to asbestos while doing brake work. The plaintiff, was herself, exposed to the same asbestos while laundering her husband’s clothes. The plaintiff was later diagnosed with mesothelioma, a lethal cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

The plaintiff filed suit in the Supreme Court of New York, Schenectady County, naming as defendants the Ford Motor Company and other makers of asbestos-containing products. The defendant was accused of being the proximal cause of plaintiff’s mesothelioma through the asbestos-containing brakes it sold in its cars through the mid-1990s. The plaintiff sought damages for past and future pain and suffering.

At trial, the plaintiff showed that defendant Ford began selling asbestos-containing brakes in the early 1900s. They argued that Ford had continued to sell replacement asbestos brakes through ________, despite, they asserted, its ability to design vehicles without asbestos in brakes since ________. Additionally, they alleged that during the 1970s and 1980s, the defendant received notice that asbestos could be brought home on clothing worn while working on brakes and failed to warn its dealers about the danger of it being transmitted home to spouses and family members. Finally, the plaintiff asserted that in the period her husband worked at the dealership (the 1990s), no one at the dealership knew that Genuine Ford Brakes contained asbestos.After three years of litigation and three weeks of trial, the jury returned a finding for the plaintiff. The jury found the defendant, Ford Motor Company, reckless and at fault for the plaintiff’s condition, and awarded her $________ in damages.

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