Mo. County, Contractor Settle Asbestos Suit For $10M

Law360, Washington (November 22, 2011, 3:24 PM EST) -- U.S. Engineering Co. and Jackson County, Mo., on Friday agreed to pay over $10 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a county employee over the contractor's asbestos removal at a county courthouse, that counsel for the plaintiff called the largest-ever asbestos settlement in Missouri.

Ruth Lopez alleged in her complaint filed in Missouri state court that U.S. Engineering had several contracts with Jackson County for demolition, renovation, repair and other projects at the courthouse. While performing the work, the contractor allegedly released asbestos fibers into...
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