Calif. Jury Awards $48M In Union Carbide Asbestos Case

By Jonathan Randles (June 21, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT) -- A California state jury has awarded $48 million to the family of a mesothelioma patient after finding Union Carbide Corp. concealed asbestos cancer risks from consumers, attorneys said Thursday.

The verdict, which includes $18 million in punitive damages, is the largest asbestos-related verdict in the United States so far this year. Bobbie Izell, 86, of Hackett, Ark., claimed he was exposed to asbestos dust while working as a contractor in Los Angeles.

Izell and his wife, Helen, both testified during the six-week trial, Izell's attorney John Langdoc of Baron & Budd PC said. The jury awarded the couple $30 million in...

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